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forgo 'online' job search ?

 
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Hi,
From what I've read in this discussion group it seems that using job websites is useless. (one thing I haven't read that bothers me is that it seems many of these ads are placed by a recruiting company)
I plan on calling local companies + asking what technologies they use and if they use J2EE then I will mail a nice cover letter/resume.
Any insight would be appreciated...
Rodge
 
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Some hiring companies post directly to the web job boards. Most are recruiters, but a few here and there are direct employers.
I would advise not to be tricked into responding to recruiters' ads. With very few exceptions, it's a waste of time.
 
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There seems to be minimal value in sending a resume to any company posting on a job site. Most people get jobs through personal contacts (or so I have read) so it seems time would be better spent making those than searching job sites.
 
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My current employer found me on Monster.
 
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Originally posted by John Fontana:
Some hiring companies post directly to the web job boards. Most are recruiters, but a few here and there are direct employers.
I would advise not to be tricked into responding to recruiters' ads. With very few exceptions, it's a waste of time.


I do agree it is a bad idea. But, I am curious, how does a recruiter work? Do they even have an affiliation with the company?
Thank you for all of the helpful replies...
 
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Many companies post job openings to their own websites, so it's always worth it to have a look there as well. Newspaper want ads also seem to be a bit better than the job sites from what I can tell, particularly in the newspapers of major metropolitan areas.
 
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Originally posted by Rodge Thomas:
Hi,
From what I've read in this discussion group it seems that using job websites is useless.
Any insight would be appreciated...
Rodge



Not entirely. Although most of my employment has come from personal contacts I have gotten one good contract and a few interviews from replying to postings on Monster or Dice.
And don't be so quick to write off employment agents either. More than once a 'head-hunter' has helped me find employment or negotiate a higher wage. Rember their comission is based on your pay, so it is in their interest to place you at a decent rate.

Do watch out for spammers and rip-offs though. They seem to be on the rise.
 
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this seems to be the "wave of the future" and not just for high tech. in the manufacturing sector employers have as many if not more "temps" than regulars. they save money, the temp agencies make money and we get screwed out of all our benefits. headhunters and employment agencies are just part of it. it is just an escalation of the war.
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