You Can Go Home Again
Changes in the job market notwithstanding,
some things remain the same
➔ In all four corners of the job market, change is the overriding theme. Books have been written enumerating the changes in how people search for and find jobs.
We, too, must plead guilty. Again and again, we’ve pounded that same dead horse of all the changes in today’s job seeking environment.
But that’s only part of the story
You know what they say, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Here is a tried and truism that’s as valid today as 30, 40, even 50 years ago. Most job seekers as well as employers admit that an exceptional large percentage of jobs are filled directly or indirectly through networking. Some estimates of “it’s who you know” range as high as 75-80 percent.
Despite the Automated Tracking Systems (ATS), Zoom interviews, and other electronic wizardry, the good old, down & dirty resume and cover letter are still important players. Granted, there may be tactical and aesthetic differences but you won’t get far in your job search without them.
Of course, at the end of the day, there is one job search maxim that still holds as true today as it did in the past. And, we suspect, that it will continue to hold sway for the foreseeable future. It’s almost too simple that it seems obvious: People hire people. They don’t hire resumes. They don’t hire Zoom images. They don’t hire informational interviews. They hire people; people like you.