EP 1629  If you know you are in high demand,  is it best to just apply directly to positions you’re interested in or post your resume on a job board?

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for www.jobsearchcoachinghq.com. That is, a site with curated information that you can watch, listen to or read that will help you find work more quickly.

I received a great question from someone. It reads, "if you are in high demand and don't want recruiters contacting you, is it best to apply to positions or post your resume on a job board?"

wrong answers!

You see, the choices that you are left with are applying to a limited pool of job positions by responding to job ads or posting your resume on job boards were you will definitely get assaulted. Here are 2 other strategies that you can use.

The most obvious way to avoid being contacted by recruiters is to take your profile down from LinkedIn or make it "thin." No data whatsoever. No real information whatsoever. From there, the 2nd thing you do is use your network. Networking fills most positions. Those of the numbers. I am going to repeat this. Networking fills more positions. As a result, if you want to be successful in your job search, you want to talk to your network about people who they can introduce you to who might have opportunities or with whom you can network as well.

You might want to go to networking meetings for particular trade groups that you would be associated with. Through that and the follow-ups after those meetings, start creating opportunities for yourself.

In addition, if you really want that question answered with only those 2 choices, applying directly is always going to be better for avoiding recruiters then putting your resume on a job board. It is still the wrong question because with those being only the 2 choices presented, those still significantly fewer jobs than networking.

If you really want to avoid recruiters, tell your friends that you only want to be introduced to firms who could use someone with my background and leave it to your network to provide you with suggestions of people that they know who you don't know who you should contact.


Jeff Atlman - Job Hunting Coach - Job Search CoachJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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