Millions and millions of persons are looking for a job at any time. Many are entering the job market after having completed their education. Others need to find a job because their present employment has come to an end. The project may have been completed or the company may have relocated. Consequently how to find a job is always a very important issue.
In the age of internet I notice that many persons keep looking at ‘internet-published vacancy notices’. Previously it might have been vacancy announcements in newspapers.
Let me come straight to the point and show you whether I found my jobs during my long international career reading newspapers announcement or later internet postings:
First Internship England: found through friends of my parents. (not advertised)
Second Internship England: found through friends of my parents. (not advertised)
Hotel Handeck Grimselpass Road, Switzerland: Direct approach to the Hotel Director (not advertised).
Swissair Zurich, Switzerland: Direct approach to Swissair Human Resources Manager (not avertised)
Swissair Paris, France: Direct approach to Swissair Paris Manager (not advertised)
Ed. Zueblin AG, Marala Barrage, Pakistan: Direct approach to Head Office in Germany (after being told by a friend that they are getting the contract) (not advertised)
Afghan Swiss Trading Company Ltd., Kabul, Afghanistan: Direct approach to the Director – Chief Accountant’s position not advertised)
Union Trading Company of Ghana Ltd, Accra: Direct approach to the Swiss Headquarters (not advertised)
Panalpina World Transport, Lagos and Zurich: Direct approach to the Swiss Headquarters (not advertised)
Universal Caribbean Establishment – Jolly Beach Resort Antigua: Direct approach to the owner (not advertised)
Felix Matthys Group of Companies, Zurich and Lagos: through Headhunter (may be advertised)
Rehau Ltd. Bangkok: advertised in The Bangkok Post (first advertised position!)
Caritas Switzerland, Kosovo: Direct Approach to Director (not advertised)
IOM – International Organization for Migration, Kosovo, Cyprus, Baghdad, Amman, Benghazi (posted on internet).
Conclusion: If one answers an internet-advertised position one is in competition sometimes with hundreds or even thousands of applicants. Just slightly better than purchasing a lottery ticket.
It is better to use ‘networking’ = direct approach to find vacancies before they are even advertised. Most of the jobs I got before they bothered advertising.
OK, times have changed and things will be more difficult now, but still the argument is similar: GET THE JOB BEFORE IT HITS THE ‘OPEN MARKET’ …!
Good luck to all the job seekers out there!
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