"What I was finding in talking with different folks was that more companies are apt to start you off as a contractor," says Richard. "If you work out, they'll bring you on. I would have loved to have been hired full-time, but the reality is, companies are cautious. My long-term goal is to become a full-time employee again."
The Marginalization of Job Boards
Hirschel, Bobke and other IT job seekers interviewed for this article haven't completely abandoned job boards. They mainly use them to see who's hiring, then they try to find people in their networks who work at those companies (or who know other people who work at those companies) and make contact that way, rather than sending their résumé into the job board's black hole. Hirschel says he only checks the job boards once a week. The rest of the week, he's networking.
"The trick about the job search is that it has an awful lot to do with the experiences you had prior to starting a job search," says Hirschel. "The job search is all about the relationships you had that you're now relying on. You determine your future in the present and the past."
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