How Do I Use My Network To Help Me Get A New Job?
The question I get asked the most about job search is ‘how do I actually use my networks to help me get a job?” It’s a good question and I have few tips to help you do just that.
1 – Connect with your network
Before you start asking people to help you, you really need to reconnect with them. This is going to mean sending messages, going for coffee and building up your existing relationships.
2 – Be clear with what you want
If you are looking for a new job you need to be clear with what you want. It is even better if you are clear with how your contact can help you. Its fine to say something like “I am looking to move into a senior project manager role in the financial services industry. I have been working as a project manager for sometime now but I would like to take a step up. I remember that you know <insert name> and it would be really grateful if you could introduce me to them”
3 – Its not all take, take, take
Like any relationship you need to give as well as take. You need to have something to offer the person meeting you so they will be more willing to lend you a hand. Like any relationship, networking shouldn’t be one sided.
4 – Put yourself out there. It’s worth it
Send the request, arrange the meeting, grow your network. What’s the worst that can happen? You get a bunch of no’s? I think that is a small price to pay when you are landing your next great job.
In my experience, you can definitely get a new job faster if you use your networks. It’s believed that a referred candidate is 14 times more likely to get the job than someone who isn’t. I always advise my clients who are on the hunt for a new job to spend at least 80% of their time building, connecting and engaging with their networks and only 20% of their time applying for jobs via the job boards. This strategy works, and it works because it is believed that 85% of vacant jobs are never actually advertised. The best way to access these jobs is to use your networks. Its as simple as that.