Getting Call Backs From Potential Employers

Over at Shifting Careers, which is the New York Times’ new work and career blog for the 21st century, author Michael Melcher has some great tips on how to ensure you’ll get call backs when in the middle of a job search.

Click here to read “They Never Write, They Never Call,” and learn more about various methods to use when conducting a job search. One interesting concept, which I’ve whole-heartedly embraced is this:

Make connections for other people. Whatever barriers you are facing in the employment markets, you are probably in a position to others in their job searches, whether through advice, referrals or just being a friend. Helping others make progress is a good way to remind yourself that you do have an impact on the world.”

I can say that on any given day, as I work with recruiters and my networking contacts in order to post available positions on Thelen The Pain and on Heller Highwater, there is no better high than seeing a colleague snag a new position based on a lead I sent their way. It’s what I call “career karma” and not only does it keep me busy and networking while I am out of work, I know it will reap big rewards down the road.

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