Maybe a decade ago, job searching meant preparing a resume or filling out an application and then waiting to be called for an interview.

Global economics, the rise of social media, and revolutionary advances in technology have radically changed the employment marketplace and have put new demands on job seekers, requiring different initiatives and more active engagement with employers.

When a job search fails to progress, a candidate must look beyond mere resume content and the use of distribution channels to increase his chances for success.

This article discusses how to remove obstacles that may be blocking a swift, successful landing.

The focus is misplaced

Most job seekers start their job-search process with many of the same ineffective steps.

They include updating and sending their resume to their current contacts, uploading their resume to job boards and recruiter sites, applying to online openings, polishing and repolishing their elevator pitch (just in case), sprucing up their LinkedIn profile and photograph, deciding whether to Tweet or to have a personal presence on Facebook, and furiously adding more connections to their online social networks.

Notice how all those activities focus on the candidate and not the employer?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Debra Feldman, executive talent agent, JobWhiz, networks purposefully on behalf of senior-level executives developing targeted new contacts that produce unadvertised job leads and build positive reputations. Follow her on Twitter and like Facebook.com/JobWhiz to make inside connections.