The best place to start when looking for a job. Your Network!
Looking for a job can be confusing and it can be difficult to know where to start. You’re probably likely to end up scrolling through lists of jobs on search engines and wondering where to begin. That’s why in this article we’re focusing on some simple ways to take advantage of your network to find a job. The following strategies might sound simple, but we often talk to people who hugely underestimate the power of their networks in sourcing job opportunities.
One last thing before we get started. It’s important to remember that people can only help if they know what you’re looking for. If you’re looking to actually discover what job might interest you click here.
Alright, so what are three methods of using your network to find a job.
Ask your close network
You support crew are those people who are the most eager to help you to find opportunities. It could be your family, your friends or your mentors and they are a great first port of call when it comes to sourcing the opportunity you’re looking for. Start by clearly telling them what opportunities you’re looking for and ask whether they have any recommendations of people to talk to or ideas for how to get in touch with the relevant hiring managers or companies that you want to work for. Try to be open to their feedback and we suggest you even practice your career pitch on them first to get confident before connecting with the next two networks.
Ask your weak ties
Your weak ties are the people who are just on the edge of your network. You might have met them once or twice and they could feel like distant friends or acquaintances. Weak ties are often a gateway into a whole new world of opportunities because they exist in a circle of people and opportunities that are different to yours. Once you’re clear on the job opportunity or industry you’re looking to learn more about, find someone in your broad network who has experience in that space. Your small shared history will make creating the connection easier and if you are clear and professional they will be more likely to introduce you to a new and different network that could be perfect for your next job.
LinkedIn can be a great tool for learning more about your weak ties or broader network. Just a simple LinkedIn checkin can be a great way to learn more about what industries people you know are in and what they do.
Get in touch with a recruiter or local employment agency
Sourcing great talent (you) is a full time job for lots of people. Recruiters and local employment agencies are always looking to expand their pool of smart and reliable local employees, so take advantage of this and add yourself to the list.
Once you know the industry and style of role you’re looking for, find out which agencies are focused in that area and get in touch with them. Pick up the phone and look for a champion recruiter who will work hard to find you a great job opportunity.
Alright, now it’s time to get started
These are just 3 simple ways to look for a job without getting lost online amongst thousands of other applicants. Always remember people love to help if you’re enthusiastic, prepared and happy to work hard!