Employers really want to avoid hiring and re-hiring to fill the same positions, because the cost of hiring is high. With hundreds of resumes submitted for every position, it’s no surprise that employers are increasingly relying on people they know and trust to refer qualified candidates – to the point that 80% of jobs are not publically advertised.
Network Your Way to your Next Job Lead
Finding a job is about who you know and what you know. Networking is a way of getting your message out to people who can connect you to job leads. It’s about becoming more social to increase your visibility. Ask friends and colleagues if they know someone in the industry or who works for the employer you are targeting.
You may not realize it, but you’re already networking every day and everywhere you go. Each time you begin a conversation, whether it is in line at the grocery store, on the subway or at your place or worship, everyone you meet can potentially help you move one step closer to that new job.
Use these great tips to help you with your networking:
- Create a contact list of people who can be in your network.
- Make a list of names of persons that you know and the key people that your friends know who may be able to help you in your job search.
- Consider previous co-workers, professionals you’ve hired such as accountants, attorneys, bankers, etc., family, friends, and neighbors
- Communicate with your network
- Stay in touch with your network by phone, mail, or email.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for their help. You must communicate your current needs with the people in your network so they can help you – and remember that you can help them, too.
- Use your 30-second commercial
- Use your 30-second commercial you created when you’re meeting with people and employers.
- This is all about self-promotion. You must take advantage of every opportunity to share your strengths, goals, and accomplishments.
- Join a Job Club
- Job Clubs are groups that people join to meet other people, discuss job leads and brainstorm new ideas for one another’s job search efforts.
- Consider joining a job club to meet people who can join your network. Find a job club near you.
- Meet potential job references.
- Employers often ask for professional references to verify previous employment and to determine what kind of employee you are.
- Think about who in your network know you and if they can discuss your work-related qualities.
- Use your networking to identify strong references to represent you to employers, they should be carefully considered.
- Create a LinkedIn Account.
- People 50 and older are the fastest-growing age group in terms of social media use. If you haven’t made the plunge yet, now is the time.
- Social media can be a critical source of job-hunting and company information.
- Read below for tips on how to sign-up for LinkedIn.
Get Social and Join a Social Network
Social networking sites are vital tools in the job search process. Many job leads today start with connections made through social media networks. Take advantage of these free social media tools to aid in your job search and simply stay connected to the jobseeker and employer communities near and far.