Hunt or be Hunted – The Job Search Jungle

27 Feb

Article Title: Hunt or be Hunted – The Job Search Jungle
Author Byline: CareerAlley
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The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” – Dale Carnegie

You are out for a walk in a National Park and suddenly you realize you are being stalked by an animal. You hear the sounds of branches snapping, some guttural growls but you don’t really see what is hunting you. Sounds ominous, but it is a jungle out there (although you are not likely to be eaten in a job hunt). And, you’ve probably been on both sides of the job hunt (hunting and hunted). Being hunted is a nice position to be in, where people are seeking you while you are not seriously looking for a job. My rule of thumb, even if I’m not looking for a job, is to always listen to the opportunity and, if you are interested, take it to it’s logical conclusion. You never know who you will meet and you never know how it will turn out. Of course, when you are on the job hunt, you are in control but you never know when you will land your trophy job. Today’s post is all about being hunted, what you need to consider and how you should respond (scared yet?).

  • Being Headhunted: 5 Ways to Cope with Being Approached by Other Employers – If you’ve ever wondered how to cope with being “hunted”, this article gives a good overview of what you should consider. All of the suggestions are worth reading, but “Do not be flattered” is really important. If you decide to make a job move as a result of being “hunted”, make sure you’ve considered everything (and read this article).
  • Has Your Head Been Hunted Lately? Working with Recruiters in Your Job Search – This article is from and focuses on the recruiter side of the equation. The article describes different types of recruiters (including reputable recruiters). The old “80/20” rule is mentioned (that is, only 20% of jobs are placed via recruiters) and the article suggests that you should work with several recruiters given the limited number of jobs any one recruiter may have.
  • 10 Secrets to Getting Yourself Headhunted – Sometimes you are hunted “out of the blue” and sometimes you want to be hunted. This article, from, covers 10 tips for “getting yourself hunted”. Some good tips, many of which you would use if you are actively looking for a job. There is a subtle difference between actively looking and “making yourself available”, this article focuses on the later. Whatever your preference, this article is worth a read.
  • Nine ways recruiters find you – Posted on the, this article is chock filled with great advice and related embedded links. Not surprisingly, the first tip is using the Microsoft Corporate job site and this is a great place to start. Other tips cover the usual time tested techniques (such as social networking) but also provides additional information (such as checking your privacy settings) to help in your search.
  • Want To Be Recruited Through LinkedIn? Don’t Make These Profile ErrorsLinkedIn has changed the job search (and job hunt) game. If you are not already on LinkedIn, what are you waiting for? If you want to be job hunted, this article will help you leverage LinkedIn in the right way. There is some really good advice in this article, from “brand-focusing” yourself to balancing how much of your resume is listed in your profile. While you are on the site, take a look at some of the other resources.

Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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