For this weeks job tip we're discussing bettering your networking when searching for your next job. Networking has long been a key tactic for obtaining 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 situation of an employer for a moment. You have an open position you need to fill (and fill immediately). You have a variety of methods available to you to locate skilled candidates. You might publish the opening on many 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 qualified. You might 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 tells you they know someone from a prior company who would be a ideal match for your opening. Which choice are you going to pursue first?
The truth is obvious. Employers love referrals! Why wouldn't they? It’s a quick, low cost method of finding 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 go above 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 vacant, the longer the duties or initiatives that position is needed for goes undone. They want to locate you via referrals.
So how get referrals? It’s genuinely easy and it’s up to you. You have to network with everyone you think could be able to help. This can include family, friends, neighbors, ex-coworkers, ex-bosses, ex-whatever! Employ Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn along with other online social networks which were built to facilitate just this sort of networking - often for free! Go through the address book and connect with people you’ve forgotten about or lost touch with. The fact is that you never know who can help you find work.
So remember - networking is an essential aspect of your job search! Employers want to find people through referrals. Consult with everyone - you can never know where or how you will find your next job. Good luck!
Kurt Allan publishes the Minnesota Job Bank HQ. The best MN Job Bank for your Minnesota Job Search.
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