How not to find a job?

   One of our three job-seekers has proven by far to be the most stubbornly prodigous of the bunch. Elise Sandusky, the laid-off bookeeper from South San Jose, tells me this week that she’s now applied for 1,700 jobs online. But wasn’t it Einstein who defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”?

Elise, as you’ll read in this Sunday’s Mercury News, says hitting the computer from dawn til dusk is the only way she’ll find a job.

“Change my method?” she told me. “No. If I change my method, what would I do instead? If I changed my method, I’d be doing nothing.”

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  • My work experience is as an HR Consultant. In the last bust, I worked as a career counselor helping laid-off workers, and I find myself in the same kind of work now.

    I’m the author of “Recruiters on Recruiting,” a vocational book. When I interviewed different types of recruiters, I asked their advice for job seeker and am sharing some of their information along with my own tips.

    Networking is THE top way to find a new position. If you sit at the computer all day, you may find some limited success, but I’d go with the statistics: employee referrals are the #1 way people find jobs.

    Some jobs are posted, but most jobs are not, especially in a challenging economy. You must get on LinkedIn, complete your profile as if it’s a resume, provide contact information and make sure it isn’t a “private profile.” Add contacts including former managers, colleagues, vendors, classmates, and neighbors – anyone who knows you. Ask for and provide recommendations. Use the Q&A section and the Jobs section. In other words, use it fully and to your best advantage.

    You have to get out and meet people, introduce yourself, explain what you’re looking for, and ask how you can help them. Broaden your network and get out of the house.

    The EDD offers workshops and there are a lot of networking groups available, many offering free events for job seekers. I have some tips and downloads at and you’re welcome to visit the site.

    Best of luck in your search.

  • E.S.

    Thank you for your comments and concerns. I don’t trust any web-site to blindly post my resume and personal information on for the world to see. There are too many crazies and identeties thieves on the net just waiting for naive desperate people to give up personal valuable information. I would think you being in the Human Resource field would be more cautious and reserved when it comes to sensitive personal information being posted on the web.

  • I appreciate your concerns about privacy. If you post any resume, be sure to have a separate free email account you will use for this purpose. You can get one at many sites such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Hotmail. If you post on a site like Careerbuilder, you can opt to make your contact information private.

    Being invisible online will not help you, but managing your own contact information will. That said, little is private anymore with Internet sites creeping through all kinds of records. I can find names, numbers and addresses for many people with just a little identifying information.

    Don’t forget to get out and go to networking meetings and job search groups. There are a lot of groups with free information, updated techniques and great speakers.

    Good luck in your search.