The two main strategies employed by most people looking for a new job is one that is unfortunately a sub-optimal one: seeking to utilize a recruiter, or applying to positions posted on job sites like Indeed, Monster, Idealist or LinkedIn.
Recruiters are almost always paid by an organization to find good candidates to fit a specific position, so unless you have met all of the requirements a recruiter is not going to waste time working with you.
As for applying to posted positions there are some good reasons why this strategy is a poor one:
It is estimated that anywhere from 2/3 to 3/4 of jobs wind up being filled by utilizing connections: a friend knows of a position whose creation is being contemplated, or a contact informs you that a co-worker is going to be moving out of the area in a few months and so their position will become open. Learning of these potential opportunities allows you to get a foot in the door before the “general public” is alerted, and so dramatically increases the likelihood of your being given serious consideration.
Through creative, targeted networking I will guide you as to exactly how to successfully undertake this process.
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I’ve helped clients from all over the greater D.C. area land their dream jobs and make successful career transitions. I’ve also taken on clients from across the United States and world in a virtual setting. In Washington, I counsel clients at my Dupont Circle office and at my home office in Alexandria, although due to COVID I am only conducting virtual sessions presently.Contact Jim