SALT LAKE CITY — If you're looking for a job, you may want to avoid the job listings and the want ads. Some career counselors say there is a more effective way to find work, but it will take a while.
In the 2004 movie "Miracle," Kurt Russell, acting as U.S. Olympic Hockey Coach Herb Brooks, was asked why he decided not to add some of the best players to his roster. He responded with, "I'm not looking for the best players, Craig. I'm looking for the right ones."
In many cases, the same can be said for employers looking for new people to work for their company.
Allen Miller, head of people strategy with Career Step, said, "When an opportunity arises, these folks are going to be looking for people who they've met through their own networking efforts."
Miller said there will be, at times, someone whose skill set is so clearly matched with the job being offered that the boss will have no choice but to hire them, even if they don't know them. However, in many instances, if someone sends a resume to a business they want to work for, their resume just ends up on the desk of the boss along with the rest of the resumes that were sent.
"You need to have something that sets you apart. Usually, that thing that sets you apart is a connection or a relationship with the organization or with a key member of the organization," Miller said.
He said many bosses are looking to hire someone with the right values to be a good fit within the organization.
"It's a little difficult to hire [a person for their] values unless you have some connection with that individual already," he said.
The old saying, "It's not what you know, it's who you know," still rings true. Miller said it's better for a job-seeker to target the company they want to work for, then form some sort of a relationship with someone in that office. This could start as easily as asking that employee out to lunch to find out about the company. Over time, the job seeker can ask the employee about the culture of that business, and learn about what it would take to get a job there.
"The chances of those individuals turning out to be good or great employees are significantly enhanced over what you might find from a random group of resumes," Miller said.
Miller admitted this could be a very long process. But, he said it's more effective than sending in a resume and hoping for a call back.