HR Professionals: Stop Hiding Behind Your iPad…

By Alan Collins | successinhr.Com/stop-hiding-behind-your-ipad

Yesterday, I had lunch with a former colleague who just got let go from an HR director job.

He was a week into his search for a new gig.

I asked him what approach he was using.

He said he was…

-Visiting online job sites
-Applying for jobs online
-Searching the career blogs
-Reading online articles on finding a job
-Scouring for job leads on google
-And networking on LinkedIn.

Noticing a pretty obvious theme here, I asked him, what else are you doing, and he said, “that’s it.”

“Wrong answer!” I replied.

And since he was a good buddy, I and someone I cared about and could talk straight with, I went ahead and let him have it.

“Searching online  is fine.  In fact I’ve written on my blog about some great websites for finding executive HR jobs.”

“However, hiding behind your tablet (or laptop or smartphone) is also a
great excuse for parking your butt online for hours at a time,
trying to convince yourself that you’re working
really hard on your job search.”

“It also gives you a great story to tell your spouse, friends and family that “I’m working real hard trying to find a job, but it’s tough and I’m not getting any interviews.”

“Now that may be convincing to your family.  But I ain’t buying any of it.”

“You and I know both that you’ve spent much of that time catching up on personal emails, Facebook, Twitter, surfing random websites and otherwise screwing off online.”

“And by doing all this, you’re taking the easy way out.  You’re doing exactly what a lot of other people are doing —  following the path of least resistance — convinced that you’ll find that ideal HR job online.”

Here’s the point I stressed to him:  ”Relying ONLY on the internet to land that next HR gig is a big mistake!  It should only take up 10% of your job search time at most. ”

Now, I know you only need ONE job.

But getting interviews requires you to come out from behind that laptop and get out there, meeting people face to face: recruiters, ex-colleagues, referrals, friends, family – anyone who you have a relationship with…and those you don’t.

Most search professionals will tell you that, even in the age on online job search, most jobs are attained through offline relationships.  With real human live, living, breathing human beings.

There’s another, even more subtle message here — even if you’re not in the HR job market.

Hiding out in your cubicle, office, online or busying yourself with HR
grunt work and administrivia ain’t gonna get you that promotion either!

Only getting out of your space and building meaningful relationships, engaging face to face with your boss, your peers, your internal clients, your enemies…and your own network will.

Of course, you’ve still got to deliver the goods too.  But you know that already.

So, stop hiding behind that laptop, smartphone, ipad (or whatever tablet you’re using these days)…and start taking charge of your career today.

Just one man’s opinion.

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