How Job Search Websites
When Pooled Together Give You
Everything They've Got...

And What This Means To You If You're Badly Unemployed

by Arturo F Munoz

When it comes to job search websites, did you know that you can attach a couple of virtual pipes to them as if they were udders in a cow and in one step automatically milk all the job listings from them that you could possibly want?

Here's a video about how to use Yahoo Pipes to set up such an extractor, if you wanted to build one yourself.



But if you wish to use one that is already available to you, then go here. This job search websites aggregator consolidates data feeds from Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, HotJobs.com and a bunch of other so-called best job search engines.


Will A Job Search Websites Aggregator Solve Your Unemployment Crisis?

But let me ask you something. What makes Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, HotJobs.com and other job search websites the best job search engines out there?

In a word, advertising.

These job search engines are the best because of their cool commercials, not because of your success at finding work through them.

In other words, they're the best at marketing themselves. Is that why you use them?

Look at the results from the CareerXRoads 2009 Annual Source of Hire Survey in the chart below. It tells you everything you need to know about job search websites and how even the best job search engines are not worth your time much less your effort, unless your goal is to live on top of a mushroom in Wonderland.
Best job search websites performance
For each 100 jobs that got filled the year of this survey – a bad recession year, by the way – 4 originated from Monster.com, 3 from CareerBuilder.com and 1 from HotJobs.com. These were the top of the best job search engines in the world!

And they couldn't fill 92 out of 100 jobs available.

Do you want to risk your future to these ill-performing job search websites?

Are the best job search engines truly the best you can do to end your state of unemployment?

Employers and consumers have become very selective in this terrible long-term recession. Your game plan must likewise change or you're going to end up destitute.


Job Search Websites Point You To The Poor House

Friend, the market has rendered traditional job search strategies utterly ineffective. The resume has been the traditional means to look for professional employment for ages. They've become so mainstream, even blue collar workers use them today.

Yet what is a resume today but a glorified business card?

For several years advances in technology have made possible for anyone to use service providers to send out countless resumes instantaneously to all kinds of employers for ridiculous fees.

The result is that today employers are flooded with resumes that they can't even begin to read, never mind use. They're facing a glut of resumes. And what happens when the quantity of something rises to outpace demand for it? Its price drops. Resumes are near worthless today.
Job search websites posting resumes
Plus in this economy companies are not hiring recruiters or paying to post all openings on job search websites.

Instead their #1 hiring tool has become the employee referral, which is not only free to the employer but gets the well-connected job hunter closer to the hiring manager and decision-maker.

Do you have a strategy to take advantage of this reality? If not, you're going to be out of work for a long time.

That means living in a depressive condition. If what you're doing centers mainly on job search websites, especially the best job search engines, then you will feel worthless in your search despite what you do to get out of unemployment.

Having a strategy to tap into an employee referral network is crucial, because the days of low unemployment are gone.

Just as times change so do hiring expectations, and so should your job search techniques. Less than 10 years ago since the last recession it was believed that by the year 2010 80% of hiring would be done by companies with 500 or fewer employees. Now those are the very companies that are going out of business fastest.

So the "hidden job market" – that proverbial iceberg beneath the water line – which is left most often virtually unexploited by the majority of job seekers because they know not how to reach it, is melting.

You need a whole new way of looking at work and job hunting.

Forget job search engines, even if now you know how to milk them for the meager milk drops that they offer.


Are The Contacts In Your Network The Best Job Search Engines You Can Depend Upon?

Building a network of contacts is all the rage during times of high unemployment. And yet the art of networking is not popular. Most people do not know how to practice it. They dislike the mere idea of having to enter into a fleeting relationship even if their future job depends on it. Would you blame them?

For one thing, we all know that the time to develop a network of trusted colleagues is before you're unemployed and in need of those trusted colleagues. It takes time to build trust.

What happens, additionally, when a huge chunk of your network is out of work just like you?

Who you gonna call then?

Yet how often are we told that networking is the foundation of an effective job search?

And because networking is so critical to do, we must plan it. Strategy is everything during the initial phases of networking. So we're told that, rather than run to job search websites, basically you should do the following:

  1. Ask yourself, "What is my current job search brand?" For those who are unemployed this is key. Are you branding yourself the way a company brands its products?

    Do you have a big "I'm-laid-off-and-looking-for-a-job" label all over your forehead reading "Loser"? If so, you've got to get rid of that. Change your brand! Know your skills, strengths, measureable contributions, and display them in some sort of portfolio. Show off!


  2. Ask yourself, "What do I have to offer?" The first concern that people who hate to network have in calling a stranger is fear of being told "You're wasting my time."

    Is it any wonder your first impulse is to run to job search websites? But if you fear being rebuffed, then know the kind of information that you have available to offer someone else. Never walk empty handed into a conversation, if you can help it.

    People are willing to share information in exchange for information. (There are occasions when you might have no information to offer. In that case, offer gratitude for whatever you freely receive.) But you do have something to offer always. You have some kind of knowledge that you can trade.


  3. Ask yourself, "What kind of information can I broker between people?" There is information that you have that others don't have but that they may want. Give it out freely and take some back in return. Then fetch some more from someone else and go through the same process again, just as I'm doing with you right now.

    Everybody is knowledgeable about something. Nobody is knowledgeable about everything. This presents a great opportunity to you, because you can then match people who you believe may be able to help each other. This makes you valuable to them and shows them you have their best interest in mind, thereby developing trust.

    Though you might not be able to reciprocate to the same level as those who are employed, the one who receives information from or a new valuable connection through you will be more likely either to think of you when an opportunity shows up or to respond to you when you make a request for information.

    So you have an excuse for feeling unemployed, but you have no excuse for feeling dumb and useless.

  4. Ask yourself, on a very practical note, "How can I literally connect to contacts in a non-business specific context?"

    We're told to draft a list of inner contacts. This list consists of everyone you closely know – people you already network with. The goal is to connect to them to have them release to you their own list of contacts, which for you will begin to create a sort of high impact network of contacts.

    But these are the obvious kind of contacts who have privilege information that can take you in the direction that you wish to go, such as former colleagues and associates. They are like custom-made, mini "job search websites" just for you, because they know well you and what you do.

    You get to communicate with some of them through tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, that make the process of interaction much easier and faster today. But face-to-face and phone work best.


  5. There is a group of strangers you must get to, however, far beyond this inner circle. And to do so, you will have to use your high impact network.


Developing A New Community Out Of Your High Impact Network

Just as a link between 2 names is not the same as a quality relationship between 2 friends, a network is not the same as a community.Job search websites don't help career networking That's what I mean by high impact.

Turning a high impact network into a community is the key to tapping into the employee referral system.

So how do you develop a community from this high impact network?

You will have to ask pertinent questions of each of these high impact individuals in your high impact network to gather information and create a profile of each person's interests, needs and concerns to determine how to serve their needs.

  • What's going on in their lives?


  • What do they like and what knowledge can you offer them to enhance their interests in those areas, if possible?


  • Who else can you connect them to in your network that they don't know but would benefit from knowing?


  • Can you share a name, an article, an insight, a question, a remark about the subject that you've found out they enjoy?

Learn what goes on in their market, in their professions, in their lives. How do they prefer to be contacted (e.g. email vs. phone)? How frequently? On what terms? Keep a log of all this information. These are going to become your best job search engines.

Don't worry that these high impact contacts might already know whatever it is you wish to share with them. They will likely appreciate that you cared enough to give it to them. Your offer opens up a path to each of those persons. Networking is about relationships. Job search websites are about regretting your current situation.

Can you see why it takes time to develop such a community? Can you see why the best job search engines are so tempting to use?

Look how much work this kind of networking takes to do!

Doing all this work while you're unemployed can be interesting, even fun, if you have the means to stay afloat for a while. It sure beats loading job search websites with useless resumes.

But if finances are squeezing you, it can be grueling and demoralizing to seem like you're just socializing all day long while the bills pile up and the bank account runs dry.

And yet we're told that when the high impact relationship is sound, which often might take no more than a single sincere conversation with high impact contacts, we're to share our interests in an area of knowledge that we'd hope they might recognize as being also of interest to someone else that they know. Then we ask for new names.

If given to us, these new names will constitute our outer circle of contacts – a group of people more distant than the high impact folks, who we will also have to "wine and dine" like we did our inner circle of contacts.

This is how we continue to build the high impact network one person at a time. This is how we eventually tap into the employee referral network.


Is There Something Better Than Networking Our Way Into Long-Term Unemployment?

It's hard to admit, but this is also how we stay unemployed for months, writing emails that don't get replied to, cold calling strangers to speak with their answering machines, requesting connections in LinkedIn that never get accepted, trading business cards at networking events that produce only one follow-up.

Again, it's no wonder why job search websites are so attractive, especially if you've not nurtured a reliable network of people before you lost your job.

But let's be honest. Since you know that you have an ice cube's chance in hell of getting a job by responding to a post in a job board, the real promise from the best job search engines is that someone will find us and not that we will find them by posting our resumes online, right?

Well, if being found is the real thing that you want, then why bother with a job?

If being found by a gig is more significant to you than finding your gig, then why not start your own business overnight instead?
Job search websites don't help start your own business
Being found is a key objective of any business.

So if you apply the following techniques to your job search, especially if you're just starting out in your career, then you will be doing the equivalent of marketing your own business.

Why not go all out and be your own business?

That will take you farther. It will give you identity. It will keep you in the driver's seat. You will always be busy, employed in running your own operation.

Give it some thought. Then just try it out! Forget the job search websites.



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