No Job Ad? No Problem!
Employers are less likely to advertise a position for fear of being inundated with resumes.
Given that, how do you find a job? If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, or following me on Twitter, you know I advocate networking as the best way to land an interview. But how should you develop a network of contacts? Here are easy steps…
- Start with a list of people you know (relatives, friends, mentors, classmates, neighbors, coworkers, etc.), that list could be as many as 100 or more people.
- Write down groups or organizations of which you are a member. Think of people within that group you haven’t yet introduced yourself to, make an effort to do so. Add them to your list.
- Practice honing your networking skills on close friends and relatives first. Call and e-mail them, telling exactly what you are seeking in a position. Let them know you want their assistance. Ask for leads by finding out what jobs they know are available where they work which fit your skill-sets. Find out who they know who might have knowledge of an opening.
- Gather all of the names and phone numbers you’ve been given. Contact these referrals, start to build a relationship by letting them know who gave you their name/number and asking if they know of jobs available, or who they know might help you. This interaction could produce a few more names to add to your growing list of contacts.
Networking takes time, but it’s well worth the effort since most of the people you’ll be interacting with may provide good leads. This activity can bring you out of your shell if you’re a bit introverted, gaining confidence you’ll need in an interview. If you’re an extrovert, you’ll love chatting with people who might have valuable background information about a company, it’s hiring practices, and more. How do you keep all of these people and information organized? See the previous post Managing a Job Search with Technology.
The main goal in networking is to generate a lead, get an interview, and make a great impression to receive an offer.
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