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Job Market, Networking, and Online Application Process:
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Why is it that there are apparently 7.3 MILLIONS job openings in America right now, yet unless one is directly referred to a hiring manager, submitting online applications is seemingly useless?!? I am currently open to all opportunities in the Greater Seattle Area, OR Malaga, Spain. Does anyone in this group have direct access to a hiring manager willing to interview a 30 year Military Veteran?

v/r,
BJ La Dieu
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HI Brian,am not sure of US market,however in India, using Linkedin helps in connecting with the Hiring Manager and thus its easy to cut through the enormous resume received through job portals. Also you can connect with a recruitment vendor as well,

Thanks
Jimmy Cherian
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Thank you Jimmy. One thing about using LinkedIn is actually knowing who is the hiring manager. I don't believe that is as easy as it sounds.
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Linkedin is a good option
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Generally, applicants will be screened before speaking with the hiring manager. I have had the most success with LinkedIn. Could also try networking, such as attending events through a local chapter.
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I feel your pain, BJ! I had an impossible time finding employment in Seattle before I left in 2013, and I'm having just as impossible of a time in Austin. There are pros and cons to LinkedIn. Not every company uses it, and if you do apply for a job through it, it's very easy for a company to discriminate based on the applicant's photo. But the photo does make you seem more like a real person, rather than a faceless name on a piece of paper, and you can choose how you present yourself.

I've connected with a headhunter who came highly recommended. I need to check in with him. I was hoping to call him with the news that I passed my PMP exam but I need to redo it (I was close, though!). See if you can get in touch with a good headhunter in your area.

My next steps are attending local chapter events (I just joined mine). The downside is the chapter meetings cost money, so I'll have to make the most out of that first meeting.

I'm still sending out resumes every week. Redoing each and every one to fit the position I'm applying for, and never hearing back from any of them. It feels futile.

Good luck!
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1 reply by Brian La Dieu
Feb 18, 2019 8:40 AM
Brian La Dieu
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Thank you for your candor Alysa. Godspeed on your quest for employment.
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Feb 18, 2019 1:01 AM
Replying to Alysa Joaquin
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I feel your pain, BJ! I had an impossible time finding employment in Seattle before I left in 2013, and I'm having just as impossible of a time in Austin. There are pros and cons to LinkedIn. Not every company uses it, and if you do apply for a job through it, it's very easy for a company to discriminate based on the applicant's photo. But the photo does make you seem more like a real person, rather than a faceless name on a piece of paper, and you can choose how you present yourself.

I've connected with a headhunter who came highly recommended. I need to check in with him. I was hoping to call him with the news that I passed my PMP exam but I need to redo it (I was close, though!). See if you can get in touch with a good headhunter in your area.

My next steps are attending local chapter events (I just joined mine). The downside is the chapter meetings cost money, so I'll have to make the most out of that first meeting.

I'm still sending out resumes every week. Redoing each and every one to fit the position I'm applying for, and never hearing back from any of them. It feels futile.

Good luck!
Thank you for your candor Alysa. Godspeed on your quest for employment.
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There is a job portal that I find very useful, indeed.com

Sometimes one ticks all boxes in the job requirements and yet does not even get an interview. Keep on trying, eventually you will find what you are seeking. Good luck!
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1 reply by Brian La Dieu
Feb 18, 2019 9:44 AM
Brian La Dieu
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Thanks Eduard.
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Feb 18, 2019 9:28 AM
Replying to Eduard Hernandez
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There is a job portal that I find very useful, indeed.com

Sometimes one ticks all boxes in the job requirements and yet does not even get an interview. Keep on trying, eventually you will find what you are seeking. Good luck!
Thanks Eduard.

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