Network Your Way to a New Job
The people you know are one of your best sources for locating new employment. Numerous studies suggest that the “tried and true” path of networking is still the most successful way to secure work.
Networking is an important job search tool — anywhere from 40% to 80% of job placements are attributed to networking. A post by Payscale shares that: “Some experts say that 70 percent of people ended up in their current position thanks to networking. Others say it’s more like 80 percent or even 85 percent.”
A recent study reveals that “more people found jobs through networking or knowing the right person than they did through job board websites, headhunters, job events, LinkedIn, or any other method.”
The single biggest mistake most job searchers make is not asking for help from their network. People want to help you — so let them! But don’t wait until you’re out of work to start developing relationships with your network. As author Harvey Mackey says, “Dig your well before you’re thirsty.” Develop your contacts, be willing to help folks with their requirements… and increase the chances that they will be there when you need them!
The more people who know you are looking for a job – the more eyes and ears are available to help. Networking is about getting the people you already know to help connect you to the people who will help you land your next career opportunity.
The first step is to identify who is in your network. This can include: friends, relatives, parents of children’s friends, parents and relatives of your friends, club members, cousins, neighbors, current and previous co-workers and managers, suppliers, professional association contacts, and your community contacts.
If you don’t already have a list, start one! Make a list of all of your contacts — past employers, vendors, customers, colleagues, competitors, bankers, and others. You never know who may have a great lead or know of an unadvertised opportunity.
Build your network with care and then leverage it during a job search to secure your next role!