How do you search for a job? If you’re like most people, you search for jobs online. Now be honest – how’s your digital job search really going?
Are you getting frustrated that you haven’t found your dream job by randomly messaging companies through Facebook, sending off countless emails with your resume and cover letter, or by adding people on LinkedIn? You’re not alone. While the online, digital world is a fantastic place to start your job search, you need to take your job search offline if you actually want to find a job. Not taking your job search offline is a major mistake that many job seekers are making.
Everyone should start their job search online. It’s convenient and easy and it opens up a world of opportunities. You can use the Internet as a filter to see what jobs exist, what companies are hiring, and to do job research. It’s an invaluable tool. But it’s important to remember that you’re going to be working with real people who want to make a deeper connection with the person that they are ultimately going to hire.
During your job search, it’s important to get offline. Attend networking events, go to job fairs, pick up the telephone, and log some face time. This is the best way to build real relationships with the people you will eventually work for. The Internet is a good way to make initial contact with these people or to find out about a networking event, but a healthy handshake, a cup of coffee, or a smile will help your job search way more than an email ever will.
In the job search, it’s mandatory that you show employers that you are a real person with a unique personality – not some random job seeker hiding behind a mysterious email address. There’s no question that the Internet and the online world play a huge role in the job search, but that’s only half the battle.
Take your job search offline and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can actually find a job. Are you ready to disconnect?