Our blog series in July and August will discuss top networking during your job search. The people you know can be the best way for you to find your next job. According to a 2012 survey by Right Management, person-to-person networking is the single most effective way to find a new job, with 46% of job seekers identifying networking as the reason they found their most recent job. Read below and check back on our blog for more networking tips.
Part I: Build Your Network Before You Need It
The more people who know you are looking for a job, the more people who will be available to help. Networking is about getting the people you already know to help connect you to the people who will help you land your next career opportunity.
The single biggest mistake most job searchers make is not asking for help from their network. People generally want to help you, so let them! The key is to not wait until you are out of work to start developing relationships with your network.
Try to tap into your network for specific assistance. If you want to work at a particular company, ask people in your network if they know anyone who currently works for, used to work for, or may know someone who has ties with that company. Then contact that person and ask about the company, culture, and hiring practices.
LinkedIn® is a great tool to utilize for networking before you need it. Try to connect with contacts from within the industry you’d like to work.
Engage with your alumni association. They are great resources for connecting with people who have the same background.
Attend as many professional development and association events within your industry to get your name out there. Arrive with personal business cards in hand! (If you would like branded business cards, contact me and I will refer to you Kickify!)
In addition to networking within the professional setting, why not tell your neighbors, or even the person in line behind you at the grocery store – you never know, they could be the hiring manager for your dream job!
Note: This blog post only touches on certain aspects of this topic and is not a comprehensive list. This blog post is an educational and informational resource for job seekers and is not a substitute for working with a resume writer or other professional. See our Terms and Conditions for additional information.