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Should You Respond to Online Job Postings and “Help-Wanted” Ads? Part 2 of 2

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized

If responding to advertised job postings is clearly the least effective job-seeking method, what’s a job seeker to do? When you learn of a specific job opportunity at one of your Target Companies (in this case, through a job posting or want-ad), spend the bulk of your time on the other, more productive job search methods!

See the list of strategies below for some good suggestions. Don’t answer ALL the help-wanted ads and job postings that are related to your background and qualifications. Instead, respond only to a select few. When you do reply to an opening, follow these guidelines:

  • Give yourself a limit of two hours per week (about 5% of your time) to read and respond to help-wanted ads and job postings, and select only the ones that ideally match your goals and qualifications.
  • Find someone through your network who works at (or used to work at) the company, or at least knows a lot about it.
  • Ask probing questions about the company, and determine if it would be a good fit for your background and preferences.
  • If it is a good fit, network yourself to the appropriate hiring manager (not Human Resources), and try to schedule an appointment.
  • In the meeting, focus on the company’s needs and challenges, and explain how your related accomplishments could be of direct help.

Of course, this approach requires that you have the right career tools, that you’ve practiced your interviewing skills, and that you can bring some “finesse” to the process. Although these strategies don’t work every time, when they do work, you can really win big! And it sure beats “sending a resume to Human Resources,” where it will probably wind-up buried in a pile of other resumes.

While it is tempting to sit at your computer all day hitting the “send” button, this is really the laziest way to search for a new opportunity. Try to view the online job postings and “want-ads” merely as indicators or “hints” of where the opportunities are – and then concentrate on actively leveraging your network to get you inside for a meeting with the hiring managers!

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Permission to Reprint: This article may be reprinted, provided it appears in its entirety with the following attribution: Copyright © 2010, Career Potential, LLC. Reprinted by permission of Ford R. Myers, a nationally-known Career Expert and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.” Download your free Special Report, “10 Vital Strategies to Maximize Your Career Success” at

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Career Success and Job Search Expert, Ford R. Myers

Ford R. Myers is an award-winning career coach and President of Career Potential, LLC. He is author of the best-seller, Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. Ford’s firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! He has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. Ford’s articles have appeared in thousands of publications and web sites, and he has been interviewed on every major television and radio network. Ford has also conducted presentations at hundreds of companies, associations and universities. Learn more at

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