It’s the end of the world, kids.  Time to pack up your dry goods, canned beans, rice, water purification tablets and a shotgun into the back of the Chevy, grab the kids and the missus, and head fer the hills.  There’s them whacky Republocrats – err, Democins – oh, hell, there’s a ton of idiots posturing about things they barely understand.  Frankly, that’s pretty freaking normal in the Capital.  What’s unfortunate is that we’re in crisis mode, and it’s just awful tough to trust that any of those self-important boobs have the willpower to overcome their own egos and petty world views and actually try and fix things.

So: you’re on your own.  Get used to it – you came into the world alone, and you’ll sure as hell leave it that way.  If you’re looking for a job, and you’re reading this, ku-freaking-dos: you’re at least thinking in the right direction.  Unlike a lot of people who are being affected by this economny – or, who just need a change or they, in fact, will murder their boss – you’re not just posting your resume up onto a job board and praying.  You, mon ami, are proactive.  And that’s a good thing.

After you’re through patting yourself on the back (strain your arm, there, bub?), don’t stop here.  The key in this job market is getting eyes on your background, and keeping them there.  Blindly emailing resumes won’t do it: people are panicing, and doing that already.  If I get a generic “please see attached resume” type of email, guess what?  There’s a good chance that I won’t look at the resume – I’ll glance at my applicant tracking system (ATS), which does a pretty nifty job of lifting key words out of your resume and creates a profile on you.  If there are an ton of the right keywords, I might take a peak, but that’s about it.

Here’s why: appearing desperate never works.  It’s a turn off.  It stinks of fear, and who wants that.  It also implies that you’ll take anything, which makes a person wonder if that’s because no one will take you.  I’ve heard that from many, many women as they hastiy scrawl “867-5309 – Jenny” on a napkin and hussle away.  Annnd, it’s as true in a job search.

So, be proactive, but not crazy.  Don’t try and hit on every girl in the bar apply to every opening that even remotely catches your eye.  You won’t have time to make a decent approach to it, and most attractive companies have some many people coming on to them in this market that only the best will stand out.  Simply shouting from the back of the gaggle “hey, look here” ain’t gonna cut it.  You need to stand out, and you need to appear to have options.  Even when you don’t.

Get in good with a few recruiters – same rules apply, no stalking, but make sure they know you’re a reasonable, capable, and groomable candidate.  Basically, you’ll make them look good with their clients and (hopefully) make them some money.  Build your ZoomInfo profile – probably one of the best ways to get seen by a recruiter and/ or hiring manager.  One of my best friends built a ZoomInfo profile, and got a call within 2 weeks.  He wasn’t looking, but the opportunity was a dream one, so he’s on his second interview today.  True story.  We are used _heavily_ by the recruiting industry – both headhunters as well as corporate (ie, Google, Microsoft, etc) to find talent.  You need to be in that database.

Say you’re gonna follow up, and then do it.  When somebody says they’re going to call me with 48 hours, and don’t, I notice it.   Send thank you cards: we just ruled a great candidate out because she didn’t send them.  The hiring manager said: “if they’re not going to follow up now, when they’re supposedly on their best behavior, what will they do once they’re working?”

There’s more to it, and I encourage you to dig through my blog for other ideas, as well as hitting the blogroll.