Networking for Jobs
By Greg Faherty, CPRW
If youíve spent the past days, weeks, or months posting your resume online, answering ads, and sending out cold call letters, it might surprise you to know that the Number One way to land a new job is...
Thatís right. Networking. Studies show that close to 50% of all jobs are landed through networking.
ďBut I donít have a network!Ē you might complain.
Youíre wrong. You do have a network. Everyone does. You just donít realize it.
First of all, letís look at what a network is: Networking simply means using people you know, or that know people you know, to find out about job opportunities or pass your resume on to someone who is in a position to help you in yourjob search.
Everybody knows people. Friends, relatives, co-workers (past and present), vendors, contractors, customers (past and present), even the people you meet out on a Friday or Saturday night. At least some of these people have the potential to help you in your job search.
So, how do you use this network? It all depends on the person. Co-workers, customers, and vendors can be approached formally or informally, depending on your relationship with the person and your particular situation. (Are you part of a company thatís going to be downsizing? Then you can be more obvious in your
job search than if youíre looking to leave a company without telling anyone first.) Friends and family? Be direct. Let them know what types of jobs youíre interested in, and that they should let you know of any similar positions they hear about. Tell them to spread the word.
Itís not always practical to be carrying a copy of your resume around with you, but you never know when someone you meet is going to know of a position, or maybe even be looking to hire someone with your qualifications. So carry some Ďresume business cardsí with you at all time. These cards give your basic contact information and a summary of your skills and experience.
When done correctly, networking can be your most effective job search tool. Many skilled professionals have moved from position to position without ever having to answer any ads or post a resume online. Of course, thatís not to say you shouldnít continue with the traditional job hunting methodsjust donít ignore the Number One way to land your next job!
Links to Helpful Resume Articles
Why Isn't My Phone Ringing?
The Modern ResumeDo You Have One?
The "WOW" FactorWhat Does It Really Mean?
How to Pick the Right Resume Company
LinkedInThe Advantage is Yours
Job Hunting in the Digital Age
A Roadmap to Succes
Top 10 Worst Resume Mistakes
Think Young to Get Work
Practical Career Advice
Making a Good Impression
Improve Your Odds of Getting an Interview
Format for Success
Effort vs. Value
Changing with the Times
Career Search Mistakes
Applying Yourself Correctly: Maximizing Your Resume Responses
Interview Success: Answering the Tough Questions
Resume Doís and Doníts, Pt. I
Resume Doís and Doníts, Pt. II
Thank You Letters and Reference Pages
Electronic & Scannable Resumes
The Curriculum Vitae
Other Resume Formats
Networking for Jobs
How to Use Your New Resume
What About Keywords
Interview Tips: Putting Yourself in the Best Light