Finding a job takes longer than you think due to the sluggish job market. This is the reason you should learn to love networking for jobs and to make networking your top priority. That’s how to job search successfully.
Networking for jobs has always been the most important part of any job search; especially today when there’s more competition for the job you want.
Here’s a networking tip that will get you started. Make a list. It should contain the names of your current and former associates at work, your friends and family, customers with whom you did business on your last job, the business cards in your wallet, and everyone in your address book. Also list professional people who you know—especially your accountant, lawyer and doctors. Because you pay them to work for you, they’re god prospects for providing referrals, the fruit of networking. When people who you know introduce you to their contacts, you’re eventually led to open jobs before those positions are advertised or posted.
It’s important to understand that only half of the people on your list will be willing to help you. So before picking up the phone, place a check mark next to those names on your list who you feel would be most willing to help. In this way, you won’t experience a dose of rejection upfront.
Around 80 percent of all available jobs are never advertised. That’s why you need to build a network of contacts that can lead you to the job you want before others with similar qualifications have a chance to compete. That’s how to network for jobs. To learn more about networking, read The Quickest Way to Get a Job, a related post on Your Career Service.
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