The job tip this week is about boosting your networking when searching for your next job. Networking has long been an important method for getting work. How as well as where you network could have a dramatic impact on if/when you find work, and for the overall choices you'll have.
The job tip this week is about boosting your networking when searching for your next job. Networking has long been an important method for getting work. How as well as where you network could have a dramatic impact on if/when you find work, and for the overall choices you’ll have.
Place yourself in the position of an employer for a moment. You have an open position you need to fill (and fill fast). You have a number of options available to you to find qualified candidates. You might publish the opening on different job boards (i.e. Monster, Careerbuilder) or in the neighborhood or national newspapers. If you do this, you’ll probably get hundreds or thousands of applicants who may (or may well not) be eligible. You could also call the local staffing service, but they will change you thousands of dollars whenever the job is filled. While you’re considering this a long-time co-worker stops by your office and says to you they know someone from a previous company who would be a perfect match for your opening. Which choice are you going to follow first?
The answer is pretty obvious. Employers love referrals! Why wouldn’t they? It’s a fast, inexpensive solution to looking for a skilled job candidate. They will enter into the interview process with some background and confidence that they’re not wasting their time. It costs companies a lot of money to fill an opening. These costs transcend the fees etc. for job boards and staffing. It requires time. The longer a search takes, the more money it finishes up costing. The longer a position is unfilled, the more time the duties or initiatives that position is needed for goes undone. They want to locate you via referrals.
So just how get referrals? It’s in fact easy and it’s up to you. You have to network with everyone you think could be able to help. This consists of family, friends, neighbors, ex-coworkers, ex-bosses, ex-whatever! Employ Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn along with other online social networking sites that were intended to facilitate just this sort of networking – often at no cost! Go through the address book and connect with people you’ve forgotten about or lost touch with. Without a doubt you never know who can help you find work.
So keep in mind – networking is a very necessary aspect of your job search! Employers want to find people through referrals. Check with everyone – you can never know where or how you will find your next job. Good luck!