How to find a new job quickly without even getting off the couch

This article was written as a response to a journalist query looking for tips on topic, How to find a new job Quickly” She did not quote me so I am putting it as a blog post .

how to find a job quickly
how to find a job quickly

As a former recruiter who has spend time finding candidates on
internet , I will give few tips here which I follow religiously .Reverse Engineering how recruiters would search for you will give you a leg up in highly competitive job market.We will reverse engineer on what is taught to recruiters on How to find a new candidate on internet.

Use Slideshare to bait the recruiter.From my extensive research , I
found SlideShare.com to be best place to bait the recruiters.
I am currently looking for new gigs as Digital Marketer , I have put
my summary in slideshare and formatted ( Reverse engineered how
recruiter would search )

Here is example of my profile

For Example :
Here is the link to my slideshare resume which I put just few days
back, It has got more than 30 views already.
http://www.slideshare.net/Westwide/cv-my-resumesachinrajgirecom

Recruiter generally search on internet based on these 2 criteria
InURL  OR InTitle
They search for following keyworde:  CV OR MyResume  OR resume

If you have any of the keywords in title or url and place it on
slideshare , I bet you will get lot of enquiries

Here is the manual that is given to recruiters to search candidate

http://stewartcoopercoon.com/clients/articles/EverythingBundle.pdf

Now my recommendation on How to find a new job quickly would be take the slideshare example and do it for different possible channels such such as linkedin , your personal blog ,pinterest, youtube etc .As many free channels you have available to you.

You can also read How I Make 150K yearly consistently  OR  Get Some Motivation by Reading these Amazing Books

 

About Me:

Sachin Rajgire is expert digital media guru, growth hacker and
successful entrepreneur who runs several profitable website , blogs
and successful Digital Marketing company.He can be found at
http://sachinrajgire.com.

Best Business Books of All Time

These are not only my favorite business books but also all time best business books ever published. Some of them are evergreen such as Think and Grow Rich Its available for a penny . List of best business books is always growing as I read them and add to the collection.I own about 60 of them including top 20 in the list .Top 10 books has the most influence on my life

Best Business Books of All Times
Best Business Books of All Times
  • Making Ideas Happen – Scott Belsky http://amzn.to/1IDwOUr
  • Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh http://amzn.to/1IDwTrm
  • The Snowball – Alice Schroeder http://amzn.to/1IDx3Pu
  • Drive – Daniel Pink http://amzn.to/1IDy4XU
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco – Bryan Burrough, John Helyar http://amzn.to/1xkaoXd http://amzn.to/1xkaoXd
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room – Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind http://amzn.to/1BPPlHh There is also a documentary on Netflix about this .
  • Fooled by Randomness – Nassim Nicholas Taleb http://amzn.to/1IDzgdy
  • Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant – W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne http://amzn.to/1NhZu8i
  • Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy – Carl Shapiro http://amzn.to/1CTWJXD
  • Only the Paranoid Survive – Andrew Grove http://amzn.to/1IDzPnW
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else – Geoff Colvin http://amzn.to/1IDBolH
  • Crowdsourcing – Jeff Howe http://amzn.to/1CTWRq7
  • Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive – Patrick Lencioni http://amzn.to/1CTX0tJ
  • Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School – Delves Broughton  http://amzn.to/1CTX78v
  • The Greatest Trade Ever – Gregory Zuckerman  http://amzn.to/1IDAJRh
  • Getting to Yes – Roger Fisher et al. http://amzn.to/1CTXaRS
  • Management – Peter Drucker http://amzn.to/1HW8ufA
  • Built from Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion – Bernie Marcus, Arthur Blank http://amzn.to/1IDBfPh
  • Titan – the Life of John D. Rockefeller – Ron Chernow  http://amzn.to/1IDBEkF
  • The Snowball – Alice Schroeder http://amzn.to/1bBqDWh
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World – Niall Ferguson http://amzn.to/1IDBWIm
  • The 7 day weekend – Ricardo Semler http://amzn.to/1HWaZ1A
  • Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace – Ricardo Semler http://amzn.to/1IDCduI
  • A Double Scotch – E Paul Pacult  http://amzn.to/1BPRh2F
  • The Great Game of Business – Jack Stack  http://amzn.to/1H5t3WO
  • Absolut – Carl Hamilton  http://amzn.to/1IDCJsK
  • Morgan – American Financier – Jean Strouse http://amzn.to/1IDCNsy
  • Why we buy – Paco Underhill http://amzn.to/1H5tv7w
  • Carnegie – Peter Krass http://amzn.to/1IDCZIa
  • Billion Dollar Game – Peter Bazalgette http://amzn.to/1CgylO2
  • Words that change minds – Shelle Rose Charvet http://amzn.to/1bBrDcT

 

Guide to Buying Cisco Certification Lab Equipment Online

I bought  my CCNP Lab, CCIE Voice Lab online  In last several years I have spent tons of money on Cisco lab .Specially Cisco IP Phones , Routers and switces . Here is a video of my lab . 

So you want to be CCNA , CCNP or CCIE .Hmm..If you are currently reading this . Congratulations you have taken first step .I have all 3 certifications. Skipped ccna voice lab and directly went for CCIE Voice.I have taken CCIE voice lab 1 times but didnt make it but honestly its not that bad.

Here are my recommendations based on my experience .

You must buy equipment , Either beg , borrow , steal ( not recommended ) 🙂  .When I first started out in Cisco world around 13 years back , I didn’t buy any equipment . I just bought CCNA press book . Start reading it. Didnt do anything, Studied for 12-14 hours a day straight for 18 days . Thats it . I was done with CCNA , though barely made it . Last 2 days went to Barnes and Noble and used SYBEX CCNA Book there since I didnt have money to buy the book . Although I made it , victory was hollow and I didn’t have confidence to face interviews ,Why , because I have never seen a damn router in real life . I tried googling but real life is real life plus google was not that advanced at that point of time. Life was hard . I should have bought CCNA CCNP Lab certification kits. Whats the point of all these ?

Point is spend some upfront to buy some equipment . It pays itself off and many times over in long run.

Now that you are convinced that you must have real life equipment . Lets see where we can get it.

OFFICE /WORK PLACE

If you are working, chances are very high that your employer has tons of gear lying around sitting in underground stores which nobody cares or even bother to care . Its big pile of shit and nobody want to do the work of cleaning it up . If you are the man on mission , you must find this hidden treasure . Many times , its sitting in data center or racks or engineers desk or lying in some dark rooms or even sitting right under your desk . I guarantee there  30 to 40% equipment which is unused in any environment. There are several reasons for it, Years of neglect and engineers coming and going leaves a big black hole of equipment nobody knows whats happening. Here is another sad truth, if you go and ask your manager if they have any LAB, he will mostly say NO because even he would care less. So best approach is to find these master pieces sitting around office and then ask your manager ,Can I use it for simulating upcoming project . Most likely he will say SURE . Find the equipment not connected , powered up .

RISKY STRATEGY : I never ask for permission, Ask for forgiveness and act as if you are as innocent as child. Just use equipment thats  lying around not connected to anything. Watch it for 10 days whether anyone bother to give some love to that equipment.On 11th day , that equipment is yours . Make a  sticker , LAB Equipment, Do not touch , Stick on it and woohoo . You  just got a first piece.Do not take it home unless you have written permission. Aim is to learn NOT Steal company’s property. 

FRIENDS AND FAMILY 

Problem with Cisco equipment is that its on mercy on persons motivation. What I mean is,  suddenly I will feel the urge that I want to be CCIE . I will buy this huge lab and start working on it for weeks or months , sometime few days . Depends on how strong your urge it . Since we all human are kind of similar  , What will happen to all that equiment when motivation to study is gone ?  All that equipment is sitting there and waiting for rightful owner . I have several phones , routers and switches sitting in my house. I still have some hopes left that I will CCIE Voice someday  🙂 ..Silly me . So ask your friends and family if you can borrow equipment and they will glady loan it to you . I remember buying equipment from coworker while up in Framingham MA working with Dimension Data. Same situation, he had lost the motivation and just pretty much gave away the equipment. After sometime,  your wife’s start cribbing  too much about extra space, your useless equipment is taking.[ Useless to HER ..Gold to US, breadwinner ETC ]  Fortunately situation is reverse in my house since my wife Ketaki Harpale is also a Cisco Voice /UC Engineer]

Now that we have covered basics , Lets see where else we can get equipment online .

Ebay and Amazon 

Ebay is best place in my view to get cheap Cisco Certification gear. I have prepared a list to Top Ebay buyer you should use . If you are pro and going for CCIE or higher level exam , you probably understand equipment, Go on bidding on individual pieces on Ebay , thats the cheapest you will get .

**HERE IS MY ARTICLE ON HOW TO HACK EBAY*****

If you are newbie , You are better off buying CCNP Lab packages. Although sometimes it will cost you more /sometimes less and some gurus are against it . I personally think that convenient of having everything together shipped outweigh little extra you might have to pay. Another reason been ,Since understanding equipment is tough. I still dont understand slang they use. For example whats the difference between these cards . HWIC-4ESW, HWIC-2FE and GLC-SX-MMD . Its confusing man .I am still confused after so many years . So go with pre build lab . I personally bought lab on Ebay with success for CCNP . I am too lazy to bid on individual pieces , I would happily pay someone extra to do all the work for me . After all your job is to become Cisco Engineer , not Coupon finding Dealsite.

At time of this writing, After spending few hours looking for lab on Amazon and Ebay . I found pretty much same sellers selling on both with just little price differential .

I am Amazon Guy but for labs I would recommend EBay .

Check out this ebay and this amazon lab –   Same thing but seems like Amazon is little expensive . If I were you , I would buy from Ebay just because , it has more reputed sellers with long history and provides better Buyer Protection .

I also maintain Cisco Top 25 Selling Equipment Daily Price Sheet in google doc .

Craiglist Sell Side 

Check out this ad , Do I need to say more. Keep checking equipment in and around your area

Cisco Certification lab
Cisco Certification lab

 

Craigslist Again –BUY Side

This is another overlooked feature, Most people look on craigslist for sellers but there are also bulk buyers that are scouring  for Used equipment at rock bottom throw away prices . These agents will then sell stuff to consolidators or other bigger resellers . There are several agents working for few big resellers who gets commision to bring in cheap equipment . Contact them , you will be surprised by how much junk they have lying around . They  have generally big warehouses outside the city .

Bulk buyers on craiglist

CLOUD LABS 

If you are reading this , that means you were born super lucky to have all labs available to you on cloud . All material on Video and everything you need to succeed on an app . What more you want .

For CCIE Voice Lab Preparation ,I bought CCIE Voice video series for 1500 and then bought 4 phones , router and a switch . These equipment connect to IPExpert.com cloud equipment via a VPN . Pretty sweet . I spend around 1200$ for Rack time. I took a bootcamp with Vik Malhi of IPExpert . He has started his own company CollabCert since then [Vik is amazing if you are trying to take CCIE Collaboration].Also I used INE resource heavily and subscribed to there monthly all inclusive package .Material out there today is so convenient and amazing that there is no reason for anyone not to study . Literally there is nothing more you need.Everything is been handed out to you in silver platter. All you have to do is consume it.  I would highly recommend all the cloud labs and their material . Very very good.

Alternate IDEA : If you have time off from work , Go to cheaper countries like India or Philippines to get the bootcamp . I am from India and you can get 30 day all inclusive CCIE Bootcamp for around 2-3 grand. You see a new country and get a cert .I am coining a new term right now . #CertificationTourism

Resources

INE offer CCNA Video Course Free .

GNS3 is free simulation                                                                                                           Download this Cisco 3D Interactive App . Amazing App

Alternate IDEA : If you have time off from work , Go to cheaper countries like India or Philippines to get the bootcamp . I am from India and you can get 30 day all inclusive CCIE Bootcamp for around 2-3 grand. You see a new country and get a cert .I am coining a new term right now . #CertificationTourism

At closing I would like to point to a story from Think and Grow Rich . There was a man Edwin who wanted to be partner with Edison but was so poor he has no money to even take a train to Edison’s office in Orange NJ . He took the freight train and made it happen.Again that was in 1930s. So if whether you are starting out or professional , My point is equipment should not be a problem, There is plenty of avenues you can get it from . What counts is , do you have desire strong enough to get thru this hurdles .