Q: I was a victim of a fraudulent recruiter who hired 11 people for the same job. I packed up my house, wife, son, and dogs and moved from CA to MA, just to find out that the dream job of IT Global Pricing Manager did not exist. My family was excited by the move, but trying to break into a new job market is daunting. How do you recommend getting hired somewhat quickly, rather than going round and round on interviews for jobs that may hire in the next month or two. I need a job now.
A: I am sorry that you had such a horrific experience with an unethical recruiter. I am unclear on all the details of your situation but it sounds devastating.
The silver lining is that you are in Massachusetts now and it is easier to land a job if you are in the geographic region you are targeting for your job search. If I was in your shoes, I would take several actions:
1. Get active on LinkedIn, especially groups within your field and which are geographically-focused on Massachusetts or Boston. Make sure that your profile is complete and includes a professional photo.
2. Use Twitter. Research Meetup groups within Massachusetts.
3. Begin actively networking. Find professional associations in the area. Explain that you are unemployed and very often they will permit the unemployed to attend events at a reduced costs (some will even offer breakfast and/or networking meetings for free).
4. Stay close to contacts in your field. Let them know you have relocated to Massachusetts.
5. Be open to contract or short-term roles. These roles often lead to longer term roles.
6. Within your network, ask your contacts for referrals to reputable placement firms.
7. Find out if your college or university has an alumni association in the area. Become active in that group.
8. There are several networking groups in the Boston area which are great groups and worthy of consideration. Visit www.actonnetworkers.com.
9. Be careful with your time. You should be searching for a job as your full-time job, the equivalent of 40 hours in a work week. Do not get distracted by other tasks like searching for a house, etc. Approximately 75% of your time should be networking at an event or with a colleague. Don't let the computer gobble up a full workweek.
10. Never say no to an introduction. Every contact is valuable. You are not just meeting that contact, but if you make a strong impression, you are meeting all of their contacts as well.
First quarter traditionally represents a surge of recruitment activity. Take advantage of it.
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