I’ve written before about my dislike of blindly applying for opportunities I find online. I’m not the only one who sardonically refers to the process as the ‘black hole of recruiting.’ I try hard to make connections beforehand by setting up informational interviews with employees or fellow alumni working at a company of interest, but sometimes I just give in and apply. Some positions are too enticing.
I’ve been doing a lot of blind applying this week. I know, in part, I’ve been doing this because I feel more urgency to land a new job and end the blogging challenge successfully. The other reason is that I’ve been thinking about what one of my closest friends from business school told me recently: “I found all my jobs since graduation by applying online.”
When I took a moment to ponder this I realized that for nearly every job I had, I, too, simply applied online. I never had an employee referral result in a job offer or spoke with a Hiring Manager who in turn chose me for an opportunity that wasn’t publicly posted. A lot of career sites lead you to believe that this networking-centric approach to landing a job is the new norm, but I’m learning this often isn’t the case for mid-level professionals such as me.
I’m not saying these networking efforts should be abandoned and deemed useless, but I also can’t afford to entirely dismiss the possibilities that come with giving into the black hole of conventional recruiting. After all, there is something strangely satisfying when you reach the last page of an online job application that confirms, ‘Congratulations! You have successfully submitted your application for ________ position. Good Luck!’
Good luck, indeed.
My name is Viola Minicozzi and I’m a HR professional looking to land my dream job in Phoenix, AZ. From December 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016, I’ve committed to blogging everyday on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter about my progress and a host of other career related topics along the way.
Join me on the journey. #90DaysToMyDreamJob