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Weekly Tip #16: Responding to Online Job Listings is a Waste of Time – Forge a New Path to the Hiring Manager
Many of us spend far too many hours applying to online job listings: scanning countless lists, filling out endless forms, and inserting all the keywords into our resume. When the truth is that many of these jobs are non-existent, unavailable, or already filled.
- Many open positions are filled via internal promotion or referral.
- The recruiter is conducting a search that will produce qualified candidates faster than tediously scanning online resumes.
- Many open positions are never posted, particularly for higher-level searches.
- Any resumes that make it through the AI Tracking System will be scanned by HR, not the hiring manager.
Automated recruiting sites can be a waste of time and energy. The best way to explore an opportunity is to identify and utilize alternative methods such as the LinkedIn network, industry-linked experts, and past associates.