You’ve got to know somebody who knows somebody
You might hear this phrase when you’re trying to get that impossible-to-book table at a top restaurant, but how many times have you heard it as a job-seeker or networker? Probably a lot.
If you’re putting your resume through the mill of online applications you know better than anyone how time-consuming it can be, and how the reward for your effort is minimal. You’re more likely to ask your friends and colleagues, or to spend time networking online and in-person to get results.
Networking is critical to the job search, but also to the hiring process. Employers will generally look at candidates whose resumes arrive directly on their desks from colleagues. Crowdsourcing is already part of hiring and human resources. As a job seeker, be sure to utilize your “crowd,” just as employers are doing!