What I learned about job hunting

Project Management Job HuntingA few weeks ago, I was invited as a panel member on “how to find opportunities in a challenging economic environment.” As part of my preparation, I listed all of my 22 previous jobs since high school, where I found those opportunities and whether I searched for those jobs or if the jobs found me.

Overall, 27% came from ads, 64% from referrals and 9% from co-op placement. It was interesting that 50% of the time, I was actively searching for jobs, and for the other half, the opportunities found me. Take note that for the last seven years, 100% of projects that I worked on came through referrals.

Lessons learned: devote 1/3 of your job search on networking and referrals, tell your friends about your expertise and availability, and recognize that most of the jobs are not posted anywhere!

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3 thoughts on “What I learned about job hunting

  • 2010-06-15 at 21:02

    I agree with you.But my my question is that how can an international student like me will get referrals?I did PMP with a hope that i will be noticed but all in vain.However i truly agree with you and i know that its hard to get a job at a new place but not impossible.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • 2010-06-15 at 21:39

    Get a copy of the book What Color is Your Parachute. It will show you several proven ideas on how to get a job.

  • 2010-06-16 at 11:02

    That Parachute book is good if for nothing else than the ‘welcome note’ discipline drilled into your head. No job yet, but some excellent interviews and callbacks ‘co-incidentally’ after the thank-you note would have arrived.

    It’s a tough market for everyone. What makes it a bitter pill to swallow is the fact that people with jobs all seem to be busy. It doesn’t add up, but the networking advice is so true.

    ‘Build your runway’ when it’s slow and when the opportunity comes (usually via a connection) you’re set.

    I’ve decided to hold off on the PMP for now, I have friends with Masters AND PMP and they’re out of work too.


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