Penelope Trunk, author of The Brazen Careerist, has identified some principles of career management for the 21st century. See
I think her 5 principles are very wise, but some of her preliminary comments are simply not accurate because they are way too general. For instance, she doesn’t encourage readers to seek advanced degrees, but sometimes having those letters after your name will give you access to a job you wouldn’t have otherwise. If you return to school after working awhile, and choose your program wisely, your networking opportunities will be enhanced as well.
When it comes to tactics, it’s hard to generalize. For instance, I encourage clients to avoid posting resumes online. Few people actually get hired from online job posts and of course you risk being discovered by your own employer.
But an acquaintance, following her own intuition, posted her resume online. A former colleague recognized her name and invited her to apply for a position at his new company.
Penelope Trunk says
Hi, Cathy. A good way to get your resume online if you don’t want your employer to know you’re job hunting is to put your resume on LinkedIn. It’s not a job hunting site – it’s a professional networking site. But it’s mostly people who are beyond entry level and have some responsiblity for hiring other people. And, on top of that, LinkedIn is predicated on the fact that, as you point out, most people get jobs from their network, not from an online job board.
Cathy Goodwin says
Thanks, Penelope – this is a great idea. More and more people seem to be getting involved with LinkedIn. Posting might come across more as networking than as overt job hunting.