It’s great for some people to find their desired position through new or existing relationships—but that method doesn’t work for everyone. Two years ago, when the economy suffered, so did my aspirations for continuing my career choice. I got canned from my lucrative and comforting position in a big city for an even bigger company. Depressed and uninspired to look for positions, I was living a sedentary life at home. After weeks of sulking, my best friend finally convinced me that it wasn’t the end of the world and I could find something if I truly looked hard enough for it. He was absolutely right.
The first avenue I looked towards was the vast world of Craigslist. This said friend told me that it was a great hub for companies to post job openings from all over the country. Needless to say, I wasn’t too inclined to look for jobs in the same place that I could purchase a used futon. Though, after convincing myself that it was better than nothing, I clicked on a link that would ultimately lead me to the job for the next two years of my life. In the end, while relationships could be important and even an advantage in a job search, ultimately, they’re not necessary if you can otherwise find a great job yourself using the classifieds.