Chapter 3. Stay Home or Stay in Control: Beliefs That Can Kill Your Job Search

When you’re just beginning to consider the HJM search as a possible approach to finding your next job, it might feel like it’s a large, shapeless mass of possibilities surrounded by a maze of dead-ends and a tangle of unreturned, cold, phone calls. The “system” of published job opportunities seems so seductively organized and automated (and we’ve already established that that’s not the case) that it’s tempting to just sit back and let the world’s network of computers talk to each other and spit out an interview appointment for you—for that one great appointment that will net you that one great job offer. All you need to do is just comb the online job boards and then ...

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