The “Deep Sea Fishing” Method

21 03 2011

In my previous post, I addressed my two methodologies when it comes to job searching. I decided to take the time and focus on both methods that I described (the “Deep Sea Fishing” method as well as the “Fly Fishing” method) and to go into much better detail about what I was talking about.

First off, let’s pretend the you are about to graduate from college. You are starting to really feel the pressure from your family, professors, collection agencies and even your peers when it comes to finding a job. In the end, that’s why you went to college right??

The most common plan of attack that soon-to-be graduates take in trying to find a job is to send out as many job-inquiry emails, send as many resumes out to your family friends as possible, and try to get every professor’s “list of professional contacts” that you can. In the end, this is not quite such as a terrible route. This method can end up getting you a lot of “nibbles,” as I like to call it. “Nibbles,” are “soft returns” on your investment of time; not to be confused with “bites,” or “takes.” “Nibbles,” can, and are often times misleading because the people who are calling you in often times took even less time researching you than you did on researching their company.

My own personal experience with the “nibbles” in the job market, and that is referring to being on both sides of the interview table, is that companies often times will call you in with little or no intention of ever hiring you. Often times these companies will have you come in because they are curious. They could be curious about you, about the graduates in your class, because they promised one of your professors a favor and they are cashing in, or, the worst case of all, they are looking for over-qualities, never-to-be-paid interns.

With all of my experiences with the “Deep Sea Fishing” method of job searching, and even hiring, you get the worst return on your investment. Most people are happy to sit down and tell you about their company, and some may even promise to send your resume around to their friends, but I have yet to either be hired or hire someone when I know little about them and they know little about my company.

Stay tuned for more information of the “Fly Fishing” approach, and why it has become my proven route for job searching.

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21 03 2011
Adam Pfaff

as always, feel free to ask any questions that you might have or share your experiences. All are welcome!

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