Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Job-Hunting on the Internet

As we have seen, networking can be a valuable tool for someone on the job-hunt. Another effective method of finding corporate work, however, is by "pounding the internet pavement" and joining some of the more prominent service sites that allow prospective employees find work that best serves their talents. Sites such as CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com and HotJobs.com are excellent resources for pairing employer with employee by combining user-friendly formats with up-to-date information on company hiring trends and job market realities. Here you can find practical advice on how to assemble a solid resume, compose a convincing cover-letter and be informed on the latest psychological research that helps you make the right impression during the interview.


Research done in our FSRI labs has proven that use of these "fly-by-night" services may divert attention from FSRI-verified programs and drastically reduce one's ability to fake smart during a job search. Sure, these companies may provide useful information, but they also adhere to theories that remain untested by the FSRI and should be viewed with skepticism. Yes, you may land a job through use of one of these sites, but how much of your success will you be able to attribute to Faking Smart!?

"Take the high road," states the FSRI, "and use internet job-hunting services only as a last resort."



Anonymous said...

I wish I knew about FSRI a while back when I was in the job hunt. Thankfully, I like my job, but it would have saved me a lot of time on dud interviews. I’ll recommend you to all my friends in the future!

Anonymous said...

In the past, I have accessed these internet sites of which you speak, and found a rather alarmingly wide fissure between the salary I would like to obtain and the one that matched my "skills" and "experience" I was directed to input. Am I doing something incorrectly?

Karl Wolfbrooks Ager said...

Am I correct in assuming that the salary you "would like to obtain" is greater than the salary that matched your "skills and experience?" If so, I'll give myself a pat on the back. But, Mr. Anonymous, if you're practicing any of the Faking Smart! programs your question becomes irrelevant, for a salary is to somone faking smart as a soccer ball is to a tree. Understand?