August 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm #138675
Chris IRS RecruiterParticipant
I was chatting with a friend the other day and as we were catching up on all things life and career related he mentioned he had just started a new job. I knew he had been looking for a while so the news wasn’t a total surprise.
He told me he found out about his new job from a former co-worker. This got me thinking about how many people I know who discovered job openings through their professional network rather than from an online job board or advertisement.
My sister, a recent law school graduate, flew all over the country interviewing for jobs. Ultimately, she landed a job through one of her law school connections without even having to interview. I spent nearly three years searching and applying for any federal job that sounded interesting. When my federal career finally started – it wasn’t with a call from an HR Specialist. It was thanks to a friend who told me about the position and encouraged me to apply.
I guess it really is true – especially when it comes to the job hunt – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
How did you find out about your current job?
August 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm #138677
It's unfortunate but true, especially in federal service. I found out about my current job through USAJOBS. When I applied, I made the certificate of eligible candidates and was interviewed but did not land the position. About four months down the road, the same position was advertised again (the person selected left for another job). The selecting official contacted me and informed me that the position was open and he wanted me to put my resume in, so I did (he was impressed with the way I interviewed for the position the last time). I made the cert, and he selected me without an interview.
My advice is network and make those connections, especially if you want to land a federal career.
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