Networking may help to get an interview (maybe)…though even that has proven tough lately. In my most recent experience I’ve got my resume “in the door” but probably winding up in a black hole, via networking. I have to go with H.C. on this though…nobody in management wants the stigma of hiring the wrong person on their back…so the resume is still passed back to HR who wants to vet candidate to death and then offer them a salary that is almost insulting. Read some of the WSJ articles above. All seem to be very accurate in their assumptions with economic data to back.
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