There are many things to know in developing a job searching strategy. A mandatory need for the talent lost group is being judged by your peers. Being judged by your peer or hiring manager is the only true way to present your credentials, anything else your advantage on subject matter knowledge, experience and wisdom is almost nonexistent.
Someone who has 5 years’ experience cannot understand someone who has 20+ years’ experience. Someone who has never performed your work cannot understand your skill sets. As I learned many years ago if you want to make $1,000 a week don’t ask someone who makes $500 a week, they don’t know.
If you are not judged by your peers then you are being judged with a different set of criteria that does not reflect your skills and experience, thereby nullifying your advantage in job searching. This translates into two challenges find recruiters who have a peer relationship with the hiring manager or directly get to the hiring manager.
You have several options for getting to the hiring manager, use the companies HR department, independent recruiter or use social networking to directly reach the hiring manager. A qualified recruiter represents the fast track to meet the hiring manager. If you are applying directly to the company then you must learn how a company’s human resource talent acquisition process works, otherwise you will not get to the next level.
Whatever road you take reaching the hiring manager, will be the hardest part of job searching. Interviewing with the hiring manager is easy, you will mostly discuss your career by having a professional conversation with a peer. You just have to be yourself, how hard is that?