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Where can we find a lovable job?

Hong Anderson
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Hi Andy,
Could you please to give some pointers where can we find a lovable job except from job ads websites?
I don't like headhunters much, they irritated me (it's not their fault, they just do their job).

All comments from anybody are welcome.


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-- Networking (this is a very powerful avenue)
-- Approaching organizations directly. Sending unsolicited applications and following it up with a phone call. You may have a dream company to work for.

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Vyas Sanzgiri
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Well...I think the secret is keep trying. Everything works if the company you dream of "needs" you else whatever you do should not change them!


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Hong Anderson
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About network, how to create and how to expand?
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Kengkaj Sathianpantarit wrote:About network, how to create and how to expand?

Social Networks are usefull to get a good job, but it depends and the image that everybody has about you, of course getting a bigger social network have more chances to find a job by recomendations. The workmates you worked with are the network you have.


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Sandeep Awasthi
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Kengkaj Sathianpantarit wrote:About network, how to create and how to expand?

If you are from India then create your profile on linkedin.com. It is professional network and it works very well for any level of IT job.
Not only individuals but several IT companies have their profiles on it. You can get recommendations from your managers on that network too.


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Sandeep Sa wrote:
Kengkaj Sathianpantarit wrote:About network, how to create and how to expand?

If you are from India then create your profile on linkedin.com.

Or anywhere else. There's nothing about linkedin that's specific to India.


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-- Keep in touch with your past colleagues, managers, etc. This does not mean that just contact them when you are in the lookout for work. Catch up with them for a cup of coffe or tea. You might know say 10 people and they in turn might have their own contacts, and so on.

-- Register yourself with professional network sites like Linked In. Regularly publish/update something to stay active.

-- Build a good rapport with selected number of recruitment agents, so that you can tap into their network of companies, employers, and unadvertised openings. These recruitment agents can knock on company doors for any possible openings on your behalf.

-- Go to industry specific meetings, conferences, etc where you can meet people. For example local JUG (Java User Group), Spring community events, etc.


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Sandeep Awasthi
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:
Or anywhere else. There's nothing about linkedin that's specific to India.

Yes there is nothing specific about India, but I do not have knowledge if people of other places use it for job search other than job sites and news paper advertisement. I was sure it works for India this is why I said only for India. May be I should have added "I do not know how it works in other places"
Andy Lester
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Kengkaj Sathianpantarit wrote:Hi Andy,
Could you please to give some pointers where can we find a lovable job except from job ads websites?


First, remember that only about 7.5% of jobs are filled from the job boards like Monster, although this may be different in India.

Here's a post from my blog about these numbers: Two important numbers for job seekers: 7.5% and 1:11

You want to talk to as many people as you can to let them know that you're looking for a job. You're not asking them for a job, but for help in finding one, maybe a pointer to someone else who can help you on your path.

Talk to people face-to-face, not just in email. Get business cards made so you can leave your contact information with someone you meet. When you talk in person, people are far more likely to remember you and your situation than with just email. It also lets your contact remember you as a nice person, as someone that others would want to work with.

In the long term, you want to become visible and findable, so job hunters can find you. Post on forums like JavaRanch. Create open source software that others use. Become an expert in your specific area of expertise. Create a technical blog where you post about your day-to-day learning.

There's no single source of getting a job. Sometimes it's just plain dumb luck, but there are ways to increase your luck.


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Hong Anderson
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Thanks everybody for useful information. I guess it would take quite sometimes to become visible and wanted .
Andy Lester
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Kengkaj Sathianpantarit wrote:Thanks everybody for useful information. I guess it would take quite sometimes to become visible and wanted .


Yes, it takes time, and working on it constantly, but it will pay off down the road.

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