How To Find A Job Through Networking - Part 1
contacting potential employers through the networking process is still a very successful job search strategy in many industries
Career networking / professional networking, is the oldest method used to
find a job in the hidden job market - that is, jobs that are never advertised and are filled through direct referrals from employees
from job seekers themselves and as a result of headhunting. The hidden job market
can be accessed through leads
from your contacts who are referred
to as your network.
be afraid of networking
If you use career / professional networking as a job search strategy, you do not
have to ask people in your network they know of any job
openings. You ask for advice to assist you in your job search.
People are generally very flattered to be asked for
career advice and are generally
more helpful than you would expect, as long as you make it clear you are not
asking for a job or even asking to be referred to a job.
network consists of people, who can link you to a job opportunity by
providing you with valuable job search information in the following areas:
Provide company or business information
you of current information
about their industry
Providing referrals to people who may be able to help you
Give you leads on jobs coming up in the future
Advise you on what skills or qualities the employer values
the people in your
consists of people you know through a number of ways.
your job - i.e. wholesalers or suppliers you dealt within a regular
could be friends
Through sporting bodies or other recreational activities
your children's school at sports or parenting groups.
- industry groups or affiliations, alumni associations including
Linkeden, rotary clubs etc.
colleagues, fellow students - contact through Alumni networks and
you start your career you should become be a paid up member of you industry
association or affiliation if possible and attend all events to build and retain your
professional consensus in the recruitment industry is that between 75%-80% of
jobs are thought to be in the
hidden job market.
have been around for many years and never backed up with statistical data on
how the information was collected.
personal experience in job search training confirms this
figure, and it was higher, although the jobs were filled by less skilled
people – usually blue-collar workers. In nearly every workshop between 80% -
100% of participants found their last job through someone they knew or
through friends of friends. Also see the
Perfect Resume Guide where a high level executive still advocates
networking as a job search strategy.
This section has been revised since social
networking through Facebook and professional
networking through LinkedIn became more popular. To date there are no statistics
available to indicate that networking for jobs has increased
through these mediums, although my initial research shows that
LinkedIn can work if you pay to put your profile on the internet and
use their job matching services.
Linkedin has 187 million members in over 200 countries and
territories (Sept 2012) past results social media
should become even more relevant for jobseekers and
LinkedIn has the potential to change the way people find a job
and how companies recruit - especially headhunting (Companies
approach in confidence and
employees from their current employers). If you increase your
network then it must increase your chances of finding a job
through professional networking. However a LinkedIn profile is
no good unless people can find it and it must be "optimised" just as
a website is with the right keywords. This can be a bit tricky.
to write a LinkedIn profile.
There are many reasons why employers will take referrals
from others, and people who have made prior contact. For example,
The expense of advertising in terms of
money and loss of production hours and tying up their phones, which may result in lost business.
Some employers do
not have the skills to do their own recruitment.
employers are so busy they put
it off, and staff may be doing overtime, which can leave to discontent in
will often take referrals from their own staff because employees/former
employees generally only refer people who they know are reliable and will
not let them down.
career networking and
effectively to look
considered to be more motivated and pro-active. So if someone comes along at
the right time they will consider you for the job.
where people successfully use networking to find a job
are in technical areas such
as IT and engineering and in industries such as mining and construction, and
There is a great deal of
planned career / professional networking,
even among people who traditionally
find a job
through this source.
They really don't understand
use networking as a job search strategy.
It is not
just good luck - you may have to work at it.
However a word of advice. My
jobseekers who found their last job through networking were once again
unemployed. It is possible that they were not in the right job. By
planning a networking strategy you can target jobs that you want
to do,or are qualified for.
Develop and Implement
your Job Search Networking plan Part 2
This section is a step by step guide on how to go
about networking including approaching people by telephone and letter -
includes example of opening statements
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