It is not secret but it does bear to be repeated: Networking is critical to a successful job search. According to some, it can take 10-20 resumes or job applications to secure an interview. Then it takes 7-10 interviews to secure a job. Networking and informational interviews are an important aspect of your job search, and can speed up that process.
In today’s job market, it’s BOTH what you know and who you know that can help you land a job. While hiring managers are receiving hundreds of applications per opening, the names and people he/she knows, or have been recommended, will rise to the top. Additionally, a good majority of job openings are never advertised; they’re filled by word of mouth. You need to build your network of professional contacts in order to know that hidden job market.
Below is a link to our Free Downloads page. There you will find a number of Tip Sheets developed to help you on specific aspects of your job search, including networking, informational interviews and developing a 30-second elevator speech.
Networking is difficult – but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some tips:
Not only are the staff here ready to help, but other job seekers are willing to share their experience and contacts as well.
Make a list of everyone you know who may be able to help. Include family, friends, previous co-workers, teachers, members of your faith group, sports teammates, references and social media contacts. Start by writing down the names and you’ll be surprised at how many people you know. Then branch out to your sister’s boss, a friend of a friend. Your network will continue to grow.
Once you know who to contact, start the process. Focus first on those in your target industry or occupations.
20-30 minute phone or in-person informational interviews are a perfect way to learn about an industry and occupation. They are also a means of building your network.
This is a short statement that summarizes who you are, what you do, what you are seeking and what you can offer an employer. We can help you with it. Come on in to the Center.
One of the top skills employers want to see in their employees is good communication skills, both verbal and written. If you need help with your soft skills (i.e.: dealing with people, promptness, conflict management), then now is the time to work on them.
You will make yourself memorable to your contacts by following up on a meeting, sending a thank you, giving them updates on your progress. Let your network know what’s happening. Get your name in front of them so that they have more information to share with others.