One of the most powerful tools that you can use when looking for a job is networking. Networking is interacting with other people to exchange information. One of the primary purposes for that is to identify job leads. The more people that know you are looking for a job, the better your chances are to find out about opportunities. I’ve been able to get at least two jobs directly due to networking.
When you are networking with people, you have to make sure that you have a quick elevator speech about yourself. Your elevator speech should include your name, your job, your current situation and opportunities that you are looking for. Networking during your job search is critical when you are looking for a new gig.
Here are a few people that you can network with:
Friends & Family
Don’t be afraid to let your friends & family know that you are looking for a job. Pride will allow you to continue to be jobless. That’s not what you want. Tell them your situation. They may be able to get you an interview or even get you hired places. When I was unemployed three years ago, I let people know that I was looking for a new gig. A couple of friends were able to get me interviews with their perspective companies.
If you still keep in contact with some of your old co-workers, contact them. Their current job may be hiring.
Barber or Hairdresser
Good barbers or hairdressers have a lot of clients. Their customers may come from all walks of life. They can reach out to them and see if they know anyone that’s hiring.
Church members are good people to network with as well. Some of them may have their own businesses, while others may be managers or supervisors.
Career Counselors at School
If you are still in college, you can contact your career counselors. They should be able to have several leads for you depending on what your major is. That’s their job. Check with them a couple of times per year to see what opportunities that they may know of.
Above were people you can network with. It doesn’t stop there. You can also network at different places. Below are a few of them:
The first place that you can network at is your job. If your company is big and has several departments, you should take the time to meet people in those departments. They may be able to let you know about opportunities as they arise.
A lot of influential and successful people attend worship. Besides worship service, other events happen in the Church such as Bible study and committee meetings.
Believe it or not, you can network on the internet. Social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn have allowed this to happen. On both of these sites, you can make groups. I’m in a couple of groups that help people look for employment opportunities. If you have a certain degree or if you’re in a fraternity or sorority, you should find a few groups out there for you. You can also leverage the internet and its vast reach to find out if there’s any prospective job offer that you might like. Some of the best software engineer jobs, for example, might just be a click away.
Before people have one too many, mingle with the guests at these events. Have some business cards ready to pass out. Make sure that you get a few from the attendees as well.
The final place to network with someone is during volunteer activities. You never know who you could meet out there. Be ready to introduce yourself and talk with people if need be.
Many people are in one professional association or the other, but they fail to use it as leverage. Attend meetings and training by these professional bodies and network with the members. If you are not a member yet, start joining now. It helps a lot.
Human Resources Experts
We have employed human resources experts as friends and on social media. Network for jobs with them. Sometimes, it may just be the time they need the candidate to fill a vacancy. If you have them as friends, discuss with them and ensure you catch up.
Linkedin is a website for professionals. It is great for networking for a job. Open an account, update your education and experience. Don’t forget the projects you have done. Leave your profile on “open to work” so that recruiters can see you. You can also be checking the job section for vacancies that interest you. Apply for as many as you can.
There are several job boards that you can join where you can be updated with the new job openings. Some are website pages, while some may be groups on a social media platform. Some job boards allow you to register, create a profile, search for jobs and even apply there.
If you really want to network for jobs, make use of the company websites. This option is great for you if you have a dream place to work, get their website, and read through the career section for vacancies. If they accept unsolicited applications, don’t hesitate to send one in. Do the same for more companies.
You can reach out to the previous interviewers to get to know why you were not a great fit for the job you were interviewed for. You can then skillfully create a formal relationship. They can help to reshape you and your CV and probably recommend you for another opening somewhere else.
There are new ways of creating a personalized advert these days. This is to create a blog showcasing their education, experience, and skills. It also shows the different job offers they look out for. This webpage is then carefully placed at strategic places where people that matter can see it.
Some professional training makes you ready for employment in some professions. Spot these trainings and try to acquire them if you can. However, many of them are expensive but try to acquire the training if you can. Become certified where necessary.
With these tips, I believe you can easily network for jobs. Don’t work with one of them. Put all of them to practice. Remember, the result is the important thing. So, try to combine all the tips to get the result.
After you make your contacts keep them informed about your job search status. Make sure you answer e-mails and phone calls in a timely manner. Be ready to help others when they are looking for a job. Also, send thank you notes to show you appreciate their time and efforts.
Networking for jobs is a job on its own. You need to go at it with an open heart if you want results. Some may argue that there are no jobs, but the truth is, people, get jobs every day. It means people know how to network for jobs, and they are getting results.
These are just a few tips to help you with your networking during your job search.
Do you have any other helpful tips? Have you ever networked to get a new job?