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Welcome to Job-Stuff. I hope the information and musing here are helpful in your journey through the "Transition-Zone". Please also check out the "Zero To Network Blog", since Business Networking is a major weapon in your job seeking arsenal.

First and foremost, I have walked in your shoes. I had a senior level position at a Fortune 500 company and felt my career was invincible. In prior years, I merely wrote my resume, called a headhunter and posted my job on Monster. And the hiring executives came a callin!

When I was asked to step into the "transition" zone, I dreamt of double dipping on my severance package. Reality: Over a year later, with my severance a distant memory, I finally found a great job.

During my transition, I started a contract services company and also became an Executive Recruiter (aka HeadHunter). I learned a lot about myself during this chapter. And - oh the mistakes I made - which I will share with you here. I believe it is important to laugh at yourself, your mistakes and share them with others, so that you don't make the same ones (I am sure you will make your own, which is how we learn).

I hope you find Job-Stuff Blog helpful in your career transition. Stephen Harris

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Saturday, January 14
Resume Blasting; Don't do it !

Recently I began to receive emails from people who assumed that I am an executive recruiter or a hiring executive. None of thes introductions had anything to due with my business, which made me wonder what was going on.

I found out: my email address was included in a resume blast service, which job seekers paid good money. In other words, someone included my email address in a list for job seekers.

Readers of this blog; my advice is not to pay for such services. Repeat - DO NOT USE YOUR MONEY to pay others to blast your resume out to executives and recruiters. Don't make me repeat myself!

Why is this service a waste? For one, your introduction and resume are going to people like me that are not recruiters nor hiring in positions you seek. Case in point; I received an introduction from an out of work Waste Management Exec, but I am in the Internet Online Marketing space.

Secondly; even if I was hiring - I would most likely ignore each and every email I received (I received 14 emails). I find all my candidates through business networking. Business Networking rules - email spam just makes you look bad.

Please - use business networking techniques, including LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) to find your next great position. And leave the spam in the can.


Posted at Saturday, January 14, 2006 by sph001

 

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