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A Job Search Idea (Where I’m Certain I’d End Up Arrested)

August 8, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

This morning as I was getting ready for work I watched a Dr. Phil rerun, which happened to be about job hunting.

Well I heard some advice that I couldn’t help but think of as being outdated.

Here’s what this expert on Dr. Phil said (in so many words) (he had bad looking teeth by the way):

“Only 5% of jobs are found on the internet. Most jobs are found by walking into a place of potential employment and telling them you are looking for a job.”

Okay, really?

This may work in some fields, but I can only imagine the reaction I would get and I’m certain security would be called on me. I think I would terrify a people if I did that.

This attempt at finding a job reminds me of this scene from a movie. You remember this from Kramer vs. Kramer? Dustin Hoffman’s character shows up at an office Christmas party and refuses to leave without a job. Has this ever worked for anyone?

This is a situation where I think I would end up arrested.

So my question is –

Have you ever walked into a company to ask for a job? Did it work?



  1. Kingbraswell says:

    It has has worked for me. I have walked into a few places and landed the job. Some people do not advertise the fact that they are hiring, and you might just walk in at the right time.

  2. Jess says:

    It used to be that you had to pound the pavement and shake hands. It is true that most jobs are secured by knowing someone, not by applying online. However, knowing someone and walking into a company and telling them you need a job are two very different things. Today is all about networking and beating the Taleo system. Have I told you about yet? That’s how you beat the system and get your resume in front of a human. Something like only 3% of resumes ever make it to a person, the rest are rejected by Taleo.

  3. catryn2013 says:

    It depends on the field. I know it works for retail and restaurant and I also read cases where it worked for property and building managers. I would just be scared shitless to try that.

  4. Lisa says:

    I don’t for a minute believe that only 5% of jobs are found online. I know too many people, personally, who found their jobs online. I do agree, however, that if you know where you want to work, and it’s not online, the best thing to do is just walk in and ask if they’re hiring.

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