What’s Your Job Search Personality?
Different job seekers have different approaches to finding new careers. It depends on your job search personality! Want to know which you are? Read on.
Networkers are comfortable meeting new people and calling on their network in a job search.
You stay in touch with everyone you’ve ever known since kindergarten. You love nothing more than spending an invigorating afternoon catching up with people over coffee—or over Snapchat or Instagram, for that matter.
In terms of a career, you’re a big networker too. You love going out for happy hour after work with colleagues. You love the kind of networking event that encourages you to leave business cards in a bowl. You always get and share business cards at professional and job-related functions.
You’re in very good shape as a result when it comes time to look for a job. One tried-and-true method is for every job-seeker to spend 60% of their time on networking because many jobs aren’t advertised. Networkers will know about them and get the inside track.
It’s a good idea to network on LinkedIn during a job search, as it is a large job networking market.
Digital job seekers are most comfortable looking online.
The Digital Job Seeker
You love spending time online. Chat rooms, gaming, shopping, and conversing via social media are all among your favorite things to do.
You spend most of your job search time looking digitally. You have a few go-to places to look for job postings in your field. You use the job search functions in LinkedIn extensively.
This can be a great way to find a job, as many jobs are posted online. But you may need more of a mix of methods to obtain a job. Remember, 60% of job search time should be spent on networking. Just 20% should be spent on job boards of all types, while another 20% should be spent on recruiters.
If you’re a digital job-seeker, keep on keeping on, but vary your mix. Go to a career fair or other networking event to up your networking. Let former colleagues know you’re looking—that’s networking too. Reach out to a recruiter.
The Passive Job Seeker
You’re happy with your current job, or at least comfortable with it. You don’t particularly like change. As a result, you’re not looking actively for a new job. You’re a passive job seeker.
Passive job seekers will only go on interviews if a job is presented to them. Maybe a recruiter calls you. Maybe a friend forwards an email about a hot new job in your field. Maybe you’re at a conference and someone mentions that a well-respected company is interviewing.
Passive job-seeking can work. The only potential downsides are that you may be missing out on more job happiness that might be waiting for you elsewhere, and you may be stagnating in terms of pay and benefits.
If you ever do want to change jobs, you’ll have to apply the 60% networking/20% recruiter/20% job board advice. Start with the recruiter, as that’s a more passive method and one that increases your comfort level. And if you really do want to move on, start networking and surfing job boards.
If you’re looking for a job, be sure to review the helpful articles from OpenForJobs for advice.