Using A Hybrid Approach Works For Job Search, Too

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Employing both online and traditional methodologies, especially in these uncertain times, works best says online recruiter, WallStJobs.com.

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With this level of angst out there, it makes sense to use a hybrid approach to any job search you might be thinking about

With a large number of people feeling vulnerable in their jobs, it is wise to embrace all avenues available to increase your chances of finding a position. “There is a great deal of job insecurity in the marketplace right now,” said Robert Graber, founder of WallStJobs.com. “An informal, online survey of visitors to our site revealed that 36% of respondents felt ‘somewhat insecure’ about their continued employment.” The survey was eye-opening.

Visitors to the WallStJobs.com site were asked, “How secure do you feel in your current position?”
The results:

  • 36% Somewhat insecure
  • 27% Somewhat secure
  • 18% I might be laid off tomorrow
  • 9% I have total job security
  • 10% Not sure

“While this not scientific, it is still probably safe to say that our visitors, who are mostly financial service professionals are career-nervous,” noted Graber. The survey was online at WallStJobs.com from August 25th thru August 30th and had 490 respondents.

“With this level of angst out there, it makes sense to use a hybrid approach to any job search you might be thinking about,” counseled Graber. “Use your laptop and your printer to make both three dimensional and online inquiries.”

Graber suggested that a hybrid job search include:

  • Registering with online boards and making face to face contact with search firms and recruiters.
  • Having access to your resume via your Blackberry or iPhone for email forwarding and having a personal business card to give to any interested party at anytime with your contact information.
  • Joining trade groups online to keep up with developments in your field as well as ‘who’s in the news’ stories and attending their meetings with business cards and a few resumes.
  • Emailing people in your network with news of interest to them and calling them from time to time to just chat or arrange a breakfast or lunch.

“Even if you are currently employed, it makes good sense to keep yourself visible to your supervisors,” advised Graber. “Use a hybrid approach here as well. For example, clip trade publications that have mentioned you and attach an “FYI” note to it and mail it to your supervisor. Then follow it up with an email a few days later describing the response you may have gotten to the mention.”

“Using the efficacy of the internet coupled with the personal touch makes for a powerful career hybrid,” Graber said.

About the company: WallStJobs.com, the premier recruiting source exclusively for financial service professionals, is a member of the Jobosaurus family of uniquely specialized recruiting sites.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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