Passive Job Hunting:
- Waiting for a job offer
- Submit resumes to job vacancies & waiting for a call from employers
I admit being dependent on advertised jobs while job searching.
Before, I would always cut out job postings from the classified ads in the newspapers. I had too much pride to rely on referrals. My relationships are very important to me so I chose not to mix my friendships with business. I was afraid of failure and thought it might jeopardize my existing friendships.
I was scared of rejection and feared they would not accommodate my request for a job referral. There would be an added pressure and my understanding was that that my job performance would affect my personal relationships.
I had a real confidence issue on my part and felt a lot of negativity. I strongly believed that it is more impressive to not be referred by a friend or relative for a job.
I believed this until I noticed that I was not being shortlisted. I noticed that my resume was under a big pile of other applications. I could not imagine how the employer could read all of them. There was a lot of competition.
It was only approximately seven years ago that I started to apply for jobs on the internet and had better results because:
- There was less competition
- Not everyone used the internet for job search
- Only the large companies used the internet to advertise their job openings
- Applying online proved computer literacy
Today this is not true
- Everybody is computer literate
- Everyone is job searching online
- There are several fake job postings on the internet
- Technical problems are frequent with online application
I believe that because of the hiring process and my passive job search I had setbacks. My income was minimal; there was not much room for salary negotiation; job responsibilities are at a lower level when compared to those who were referred for the job by others or promoted from within; and finally I felt I could handle many of the projects more effectively.
The problem became more severe when I arrived in Canada as a new resident and did not know where to start.
Active Job Hunting
Employment Counsellors at Skills Connect gave me a break through. They told me that only 20% of jobs are advertised. I can testify that this information is true. I verified this fact myself by doing informational interviews.
I did informational interviews by asking the proper questions:
What are the day to day duties of the job?
How does one become qualified for the job?
How often do you fill these types of positions?
I was surprised that 7 out of the 8 employers I spoke with would consider hiring. Imagine 7 of 8 are just trying to cope with present manpower and do not have the time to recruit or sort through resumes.
I got two part time jobs, both located across the street from where I lived. I was working 60-70 hours per week. I now work at my present job on a full time basis.