After identifying target companies, you need to find contacts at those companies who can help you get a foot in the door. Reach out to them, let these contacts know of your interest in their company, and ask if they can help. Follow current employees for your target company, and you might hear about job postings early or gain insight into the company. Have you ever wondered why some people find jobs easily while others struggle? Even though their skill sets or qualifications are almost the same. The second important step in your job search is networking for jobs.
Importance of Networking for Jobs
- Most jobs are not advertised: The number of jobs advertised in the newspapers and websites is nothing compared to the number of jobs that are never advertised. It is estimated that between 70 and 80 percent of the jobs are not published. So, who gets these jobs? The people who know the importance of networking and network actively.
- Priority given to personal connections: It is no secret that a lot of hiring is done through personal connections, such as friends and acquaintances. Because of this, you will never get to hear of a job opening unless you know an employer or someone who knows the employer. Employers place a considerable preference for candidates they personally know and can trust
- Receives expert advice: Professional networking is about connecting with other professionals and sharing knowledge and information with them. Successful and experienced members of a network often provide free advice to other members of the networks on the qualifications, skills, and experiences needed for certain jobs. So, regular interaction with other members of the network makes you aware of your capabilities and deficiencies.
Open LinkedIn Account
If you want to start networking for jobs then opening a LinkedIn account is a first step. LinkedIn, the professional social networking platform has actually been around longer than Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. LinkedIn hosts more than 600 million professional profiles, which means nearly an unlimited supply of network connections and job opportunities. From seeking a new job to maintaining your personal brand, LinkedIn is an important part of being a full-fledged professional in any industry these days. An updated profile is a great way to ensure that you can be found by the right people at the right time.
Evaluate Current Network
Your network is bigger than you think it is. It includes all of your family members, friends, neighbors, college seniors, and even casual acquaintances. Start going through your social media accounts and address book and writing down names. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the list grows.
Reach Out to Your Network
All the connections in the world won’t help you find a job if no one knows about your situation. Once you’ve drawn up your list, start making contact with the people in your network. Let them know that you’re looking for a job. Be specific about what kind of work you’re looking for and ask them if they have any information or know anyone in a relevant field. Don’t assume that certain people won’t be able to help. You may be surprised by who they know.
Networking is a give-and-take process that involves making connections, sharing information, and asking questions. Don’t ask for a job, a request comes with a lot of pressure. If they’re able to hire you or refer you to someone who can, they will. If not, you haven’t put them in the uncomfortable position of turning you down or telling you they can’t help.
Effective networking is not a process you should rush. When you network, you should slow down, be present, and try to enjoy the process. Don’t be a mean networker: connecting, getting what you want, and then disappearing, never to be heard from until the next time you need something. Invest in your network by following up and providing feedback to those who were kind of enough to offer their help. Thank them for their referral and assistance. Let them know whether you got the interview or the job. Or use the opportunity to report on the lack of success or the need for additional help.