Surfing job boards for your next job is like going to a Black Friday sale at Walmart — you are settling for what’s available to absolutely everyone, and you are competing with absolutely everyone to get it.
In a thought-provoking article in Forbes on “The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness), “ Jessica Hagy lists “Availability” as enemy number one. She writes, “We often settle for what’s available, and what’s available isn't always great.”
It’s fine to surf the job boards, but to find a great job, you probably need to do more.
Not one of the 14 people who work for my company answered a job advertisement. There’s a reason for that; we've never run a job ad for our internal jobs. We run ads all the time for our clients, but not for ourselves. When it’s time to hire, our employees recommend people they know who might be a good fit. Admittedly, we have huge networks of contacts, but think about how this relates to your search.