Are You A Job Search Sniper?

Aug 17 2011 in Featured, Job Search Strategy, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

Are you a job search Sniper … or a shotgun?

In the thousands of you that I speak with, I’ve learned that most of you want to be (and think you are) a job search sniper. Inherently, you value and you “get” the value of a targeted search.

However, in practice, most all of you are still job search shotguns.

Here are some clues if you’re really a job search shotgun:

  • You apply to jobs through job boards
  • You’ve sent your resume to all or most of your contacts
  • You ask people if they know of anyone who’s hiring (even hiring for a specific position)
  • You’re depending on recruiters to find your next job
  • You describe yourself as a generalist (and think that’s desirable in your search)
  • You rely on your network to find your next opportunity

This awesome infographic by Don Garrett of Resume Not Required gives a wonderful illustration to both approaches.

Infographic courtesy Don Garrett originally posted at

Those of you who exhibit these job search tactics are job search snipers:

  • You target a specific list of companies (50 or less)
  • You spend less than 10% of your time on job boards
  • You focus on getting “ahead of the curve” with your target company hiring managers
  • You concentrate on problems, and ignore posted jobs (because you’re too late for them)
  • You’ve stopped looking for a job and instead look for problems
  • You look for inside company information that gives you an edge over other candidates

So honestly, which one are you? A sniper? Or a shotgun?


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