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At 05:13 PM 2/20/97 -0800, you wrote:
>At 02:47 PM 2/20/97 -0600, you wrote:
>>But in today's world the best jobs don't even come on the market. You
>>have to be proactive and learn about the plums before they even appear.
>So, in addition to "publish or perish," you say "network or nothing"?
No, not quite. But as a relative strategy, consider the numbers. You might
send out dozens or even hundreds of resumes and get how many interviews,
five, ten, a dozen? And how much time must pass? Weeks, perhaps? How much
money are you losing in the interim?
Consider for a moment the purpose of a resume. It's to get you an interview,
isn't it? Why not simply extend the logic to a year-round effort to actually
get to know the hiring manager? It's an extended, personal interview.
Managers feel as queasy about hiring on the basis of a interview as you do
going to the thing. They love to hire old interns, promote internally, and
make other personnel moves for people they know. Even a mediocre but
consistent performance is a known quantity. And as a networking bonus, you
get to know the various organizations and people in them too, so you can
cherry pick a bit on your own. Offhand I'd rather have the competitive
advantage of networking than the retroactive and reactive minor benefits of
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