Study upon study has shown that most jobs are not found on the Internet contrary to the image below. (Yes, the person in the picture here is following the less effective of two methods–read on.) Most jobs are found by a more proactive approach than just responding to what is known–that is, has been announced to the public through Internet and newspaper job classified ads and staffing firm listings–a reactive method. Combining the two approaches is more effective. Complicating the situation in some ways, staffing firms are playing a bigger role these days.
The first article in this section is a graphic representing how folks find work; it’s an attempt to show you these two ways–reactive and proactive. Study it, and look for other articles in this section of the website to help you use both ways most effectively.
Here is a list of articles in this section–others are being added regularly. While you are free to work through these articles in any order, they are sequenced in a recommended order so as to lay a foundation for your thinking and action.
- How People Find Work (graphic)
- Work Search Implications for each of the EYBP Strengths Combinations
- Think Of Yourself As A Self-Employed “Free Agent”: TOYASE!
- Annual Hiring Cycles (graphic)
- Traits of Those Who Triumph Through Transition
- Identify and Eliminate Your Barriers to Employment
- Building Rapport is Essential to Finding Work and Networking
- Coping with ‘Being-In-Transition’
A discussion about these diagrams and documents with your EaRN Coach will very likely help you make fullest use of the ideas contained in them. They provide a framework for your work search thinking, planning and activities to find your next work assignment and keep yourself employable.
-Ken Soper, MA, MDiv, NCDA Certified Career Counselor (CCC)