No surprise, the effective way to hunt for jobs and assignments is mutating again. Instead of plopping down for hours in front of the major job boards such as Careerbuilder.com and Craigslist.com, we should go directly to the organization we're interested in.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reports on an analysis by Jobs2web on the hiring process. When we respond to a help-wanted that isn't on the organization's website, we are pitted against about 219 others who apply. If we go directly to the organization's website, the competition declines about 32 others.
Yesterday, I read the article "Erasing The Digital Past" in THE NEW YORK TIMES. Essentially, the focus was on how Reputation.com helps remove negative material about companies and individuals on search engines. The more I read the more interested I was in obtaining freelance assignments from Reputation.com. So, I figured the first step was to go to its website and get a read on its corporate culture. In that way I could frame my cover letter to fit. Lo and behold, there was a career section. There were available jobs and assignments. One of the latter I qualified for. The compensation wasn't right. But on the next opportunity, Reputation.com and I might find a match.
The rest of the afternoon I investigated other websites for other hot companies I would love to do work for. Just as THE WALL STREET JOURNAL indicates, most had their own job section. For example, POLITICO.COM posted both its jobs and opportunities with other organizations.
More good news. Since most of us Baby Boomers are in the market for contract work not full-time jobs we probably assume we will only find those on Craigslist.com. Forget it. The just-in-time assignments are also posted on the organization's website.