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Least Favorite Job Search Phase
Increasing Your Shares Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

The days where it was simply enough to search for jobs on Monster.com and in your local newspaper are long gone. While these sources are still great tools, taking your search to the next level requires that you dive into the world of online job sharing. The key word here is SHARING.

In 2005, I was introduced to three wonderful in-transition groups in the NYC metropolitan area. Each month I would attend the meeting to garner advice on how to network, how to create a spectacular cover letter, and how to write the perfect resume. Some of my favorite relationships came from those groups and still remain strong today.

Attending the groups wasn't the whole story. Each networking group also had set up an online Yahoo group where members could share job leads. Day after day and week after week, a few leads would be sent in by our members, with the rest coming from our fearless leaders who collected them from around town.

Sharing is something we learn how to do as a young child. We share our ice cream, we share our toys, and we share things we learn. Sharing helps us grow and enables us to make a difference in other people's lives. Think of the last time that you shared some knowledge with someone that helped change their life. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone shared like that?

When it comes to job leads, most people are just not willing to share. They believe that if they keep all of the leads to themselves, they will reap more rewards. It is actually quite the opposite. The more you pay it forward and share information, the more that your fellow job seekers will share back. You can't network if you can't share. You have to be able to help someone first before they will have any desire to help you. That's what paying it forward is all about.

The next time you receive a job lead that you are not interested in or qualified for, don't just hit delete. Think of all the possible places you can post it…think of all the possible people that would benefit by seeing it. Think of your Facebook groups, your LinkedIn groups, your Yahoo groups, and your in-transition groups. Think of how many more leads you would have every week if everyone acted in a similar fashion.

Perhaps you'd prefer compiling a list of these leads and sending them out all in one fell swoop once a week. When you start sharing leads, suddenly everyone will know who you are. You will become an instant hero as you start to share yourself and your knowledge with the world. And then, keep your eyes on your inbox as leads start pouring in as a result of your generosity.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Giving back feels wonderful, but paying it forward feels much more spectacular. Just imagine how you will feel the day that someone calls you to thank you for the lead that you posted that ultimately became their next job. Perhaps one day, you'll be the one doing the thanking.
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!