Thanks for everything, we're laying you off. Merry Christmas! (Days 5 & 6)

See the previous blog entry to this series here.

So the weekend ended and I got a flood of emails and phone calls on Monday (some of which came from my previous company as there are many there looking too). So many in fact that another week a has gone by and I still find myself responding to many of these emails and phone calls. (Sorry if you are one of those that I have not responded to yet...you are in queue though I promise!)

So I did an experiment that I actually tested about 3 years ago with another one of my recruiting pals to see what would happen: I posted my resume on the job boards! (Queue the Pyscho music). This is my favorite use of the music from Psycho :)

The amazing thing is search results initially for both Monster and Yahoo gave me NO results for this field in the Utah area. Careerbuilder had some things but not really a whole lot. I was wondering what some of you know about your positions in your area? I think Utah is cheap, but maybe it isn't. On average, an HR Manager role that has 5 years of experience minimum, Bachelor's degree and the PHR certification is only paying about $36k annually around here. That just seems extremely low, especially based on what I have been making in the past (well over double that). Or maybe I just don't understand that type of role? Help me out on this one guys! Am I missing something? At any rate, it appears there is not a whole lot going on around here. I assume some of this is due to the economy while the holidays play another part.

Anyway, that proved somewhat fruitless. I applied for some roles that I qualified for, but for the most part I was not that impressed. Since I personally have not used job boards for any of my searches in the past 3 years to find candidates, I guess I am a little out of the loop on this. Are job boards just not worth it anymore? Are they all going out of business? When my friend and I applied years ago, we received over 100 phone calls, 2 of which were legitimate companies (you can ask me what I mean by this). From an email standpoint, it produced over 1200 SPAM emails within 30 days between the two of us. Only 3 emails were legit (again, you can ask me what I mean by this). At that point I was turned off and never used them again. I guess everyone else has already caught on to that! Or is it just me?

I guess there can still be tremendous value to using them for some people, but from a candidate search standpoint, it did not seem that exciting at all, or useful. What do you guys think?

So back to my networking! All the interviews I have had so far have come from my network anyway! So stay tuned...

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Comment by Steve on December 19, 2008 at 12:11pm
Oh yes, and I think networking is the best way anyway. And what is up with the title thing? Would you say that is a Baby Boomer thing since they tend to like the "title" notion? or is that prominent for everyone?

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