How did you get your last job(s)?

July 15, 2010 | Career,career change,job searching,Uncategorized | Written by: admin

This week, I have another question for you…

How did you get your last job(s)? Was it through networking? By responding to an ad? Through an online posting? Or did you “cold call” on a company?


  1. Like most of my jobs, I got it by knowing someone. A friend told me about the job opening in the department, my sister who works for the company in another department referred me to the corporation with my application, and another friend who works in the actual department forwarded my resume to the manager.

    I think I’ve only gotten one job that wasn’t through knowing someone, and that one was gotten simply by me cold calling companies out of the phone book and explaining my interests in the field. I only wish I had such luck now. I’ve love to get out of my current job, but no one in my current network knows of anything.

    Comment by Erin — July 16, 2010 @ 9:28 am

  2. Through networking! :) And I think this less formal format makes it easy for people to share ideas and start building strong relationships.

    Comment by Lilian — July 16, 2010 @ 9:29 am

  3. I slept with the bosses daughter….not.

    I actaully networked with an executive in the company who I have worked for in the past, and owed me a favor, so I cashed in my chips.

    Networking, contacts, and introductions seem to be the fastest and strongets tool to acquire a job today, based on the vast amount of people with equally good credentials jobless and on the market today.


    Comment by Michael Scott — July 16, 2010 @ 9:34 am

  4. My last job was a contract position lasting only 4 months. The recruiting company found my resume and called me.
    Because of the type of person I am, the job sounded interesting, I had the skills necessary, and the pay was right. I took the job.
    Networking is great, but I have only gotten one job by this method. Through my life I have held many positions. Some were cold calls, some were answering ads. 6 of these jobs were contract work.

    Comment by Joe Langdon — July 16, 2010 @ 9:41 am

  5. I got my last job through a job posting on my university’s career placement website. It was in my field, I had the right background and experience, and it was a short commute from home – just the ticket!
    Now I’m freelancing in translation, so it’s an entirely different ball game. It’s all about cold calling & networking.

    Comment by Alexandre Leclerc — July 16, 2010 @ 9:55 am

  6. applied through careerbuilder for PR and journalism background to do inside sales

    Comment by James Grady — July 16, 2010 @ 9:27 am

  7. My current job I found on an online job site. Previously I was self employed wedding photographer, I ran ads on CraigsList.Com, had my website, and got referrals. Nearly even split between the three actually.

    Comment by Carlin — July 16, 2010 @ 10:41 am

  8. While I was working in a long-term contract position, a recruiter reached out to me as she had seen my profile on LinkedIn. We met and I could tell she was the real deal. A few weeks later she told me about a position with an executive search firm; I interviewed for the position and thought I had done well, so was surprised to hear they decided to go with someone else. Ironically, for an executive search firm, they chose the wrong person as she flamed out almost immediately upon starting. They called me and asked if I was still interested; by then my long term contract thing was wrapping up successfully, so I hopped over to the search firm and tried it out on a “temp to perm” basis. After 3 months, got the offer.

    Comment by Liz — July 16, 2010 @ 11:52 am

  9. I saw the position on Applied, and received an entry level phone screen that led to 3 interviews.

    Comment by James Creeden — July 16, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

  10. My three longest and most interesting contracts (total almost five years) came from “real world” networking; I was head-hunted, and asked if I would be interested in the project at the time. No applications, no interviews; just “Would you like to do this?” and “When can you start?”. I must say, I like it when that happens.

    Of the two most recent contracts (of about 6 weeks each), one came from cold calling, and the other from a personal networking introduction.

    Knowing someone, or being known by someone, certainly provides an edge; being prepared to step in a new direction when the opportunity presents can be the clincher.

    Comment by Cran Herlihy — July 16, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

  11. My most recent job of six years I got as a result of applying for a posted position I saw at the college where I was taking classes to retrain in a new career. But I rose to the top of the candidate pool because I had treated my classes like a job and my professors like bosses. They gave me great reviews for work product, knew my work and my work ethic and knew I took my new career seriously as a professional.
    When I decided to leave that job to pursue my masters full time, I identified 4-5 people that I had worked with and respected and who were the heads other departments in the college. I invited them to coffee one by one and let them know personally that I was planning to quit. I then said that if something part-time came up in their areas, I would be interested in working with them part-time while working on my Masters. Out of that came an offer to work in the Marketing & Communications dept. part-time doing exactly the type of projects that will fit in with what I am studying. And I got two other freelance short term projects from another person.
    Approaching every project, collaboration, work group and work assignment I had in my full time position with a professional & positive attitude really paid off, because people do talk across departments and between companies about who is and isn’t good to work with.

    Comment by Renee — July 16, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

  12. I got my job most definitely through networking. In a roundabout way. During 2003, I joined National Novel Writing Month online and took part in the local meet ups. Through this process, I met one of my closest friends. Fast forward five years, and her husband sends me an email that a guy he’s doing contract work for is hiring an office manager. I sent my resume to the email he provided and have had the job since. :-)

    Comment by mklaebel — July 18, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

  13. This was a first for me. I had put my resume on months ago while in the middle of my job search. I received a call from a recruiter that I’d never heard of before who had pulled my resume from Monster. My background fit for a company that had an opening and had not posted it anywhere. Two interviews later – job offer.

    Every other job I’ve had was through networking and connnections. This was a lightning strike from clear air.

    Comment by Mark Boyd — July 19, 2010 @ 10:18 am

  14. I originally worked with my friend at McDonalds – she is now a Director in Pharmaceuticals. She created a position which was taken by another applicant. Within a year that applicant needed an assistant. I applied again and was hired.

    Comment by Louise — July 19, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

  15. I love this question! I got my last job via a status update on Facebook (that went something like this: Dear New Orleans, Please employ me so I don’t have to go back to New York City. Love, Lauren) And then by creating an in-depth online resume.

    Yeah for social media and employment!

    Comment by Lauren McCabe — July 20, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

  16. i got my last job offers by responding to adverts on Jobserve UK.
    I have no luck at all using the networking sites like
    LinkedIn and i do not trust Facebook.
    I have been out of work and looking hard every day for the right job for nearly 3 years and will keep on looking using the job boards and LinkedIn. One day I will find the right job with an employer, in Europe or the ME, who wants to use my 30+years of experience in SW QA and Quality Management.
    Good luck to all job seekers particularly those who are over 50.

    Comment by Trevor Reeve — July 22, 2010 @ 1:19 am

  17. I got my next to last job by responding to a newspaper ad for contract work (I’m a Mainframe Application Developer and 2nd level support gal). My contract took me to my last job (I worked there for 6 months and then they offered to hire me; I took it). I worked 13 1/2 years on my last job. I do love the work and problem solving. Currently looking for work in the same field, but also going back to school to get a degree in Web Development.

    Comment by Kim — July 23, 2010 @ 11:39 am

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