Finding the right job in today’s economy can be stressful and tough, but there are many opportunities if you know how and where to look. A valuable job search resource is your network of friends, relatives, colleagues, and acquaintances. At times, networking can be intimidating but it can also be rewarding and fun.
Active networking is vital for any career progress and growth. Networking is not selling , rather about building long-term relationships and the building of a good reputation.
When you are looking for a job, there a number of things that you run by your network without directly asking for a job.
Here are a few suggestions of what you should be asking your network:
- If there is a professional that you would like to meet, perhaps someone in your network knows this person and can give you an introduction
- If you do not have any idea of a particular person you would like to meet, it can be helpful to ask your network if they have any ideas or suggestions with whom you should connect with.
- Whether you are applying for new job or seeking new opportunities, speaking to your network and getting feedback about an industry is always a good idea.
- If you do not know which networking opportunities, industry events, and conferences are worth seeking out, asking your professional contacts and network can always provide brilliant options.
- If you do not think your resume is up to scratch and can be improved, it is always a good idea to ask your contacts to give your resume a once-over and give feedback.
- Before going to an interview, it is always a good idea to ask you contacts to help you practice and run through the most common interview questions.
- If you know people working in an industry or field similar to yours, it can be beneficial to ask your contact for their input when it comes to the job search process.
- If you have received multiple job offers, speaking to people in your network can help you analyze the pros and cons pf each offer.
- Speaking to your network can provide you a different and unbiased perspective on how to go about looking for job and see a situation though fresh eyes.
- If you need some ideas or suggestions about something you are doing at work or even help with your resume, for example, people in your network can help you brainstorm ideas.
- There are some occasions when you just need some honest feedback and help to deal with a work related situation, it’s often easier to get it from a professional contact than from your best friends.
- If you are dealing with daunting situation at work, sometimes it is a good idea to hear how others dealt with similar situations.
- Sometimes a change of scenery s all you need to improve your productivity. This is when the advice from your local network can give you some great ideas.
- If you are looking for help and advice about industry or professional development newsletters, websites, and magazines that could help you, guaranteed someone in your network will know.
- If you are looking for a reference, it is a good idea to make a short list of close contacts who know you and your work.
- Using social media tools like LinkedIn can make it easy for professional contacts to illustrate that they support the work you do.
In conclusion, the vast majority of job and opportunities available are not advertised , rather they are filled by word of mouth. This is why networking is probably your best way to find a job to promote your career paths and goals. Keep in mind that networking isn’t about using other people or aggressively promoting yourself—it’s about building relationships.