Become a Networking Expert
What exactly does networking mean? It is an organized way to link contacts together to form a "net" of people who can give you support and information. It is important to contact both people that you already know and those you should know. Spreading the word that you are looking for work increases your chances of hearing about unadvertised positions. Ask people for advice, information and referrals. There is no limit to the number of people you contact--the more the better!
Think about it. As an employer, would you rather go through the entire hiring process, or simply have an applicant recommended to you? You could save time and energy by drawing on contacts for referrals. This same process can be used in your job search.
What can networking do for you?
- Increase the number of people who are aware of your job search.
- Help you gain information on an occupation.
- Provide information and knowledge on labour market trends.
- Help you to develop contacts, your personal network.
- Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work.
- Make your information specific. For example, let them know the type of work you are looking for. Contacts will find it a lot easier to help you if they have more specific information.
- Be considerate. Don't take up too much of your contact's time or expect him or her to bend over backwards for you.
- Be professional and willing to accept advice. Your reason for contacting them is to gather information, so listen.
- Ask for referrals. If the person you contact cannot help you, try and get the name of someone who can.
- Don't give up!