The Quickest Way to Get a Job

The quickest way to get a job is with a little help from your friends, associates, and family members. So if you’re searching for work, make this slogan your motto: It’s who you know, stupid.

When you’re out of work, cut to the chase. The quickest way to get a job is to get rreferrals from people you know. It’s called “networking” in job search parlance.

You know more people than you think. So make a list of them. While it’s okay to tell your contacts about your job loss, make it clear you don’t expect them to know of any openings. Just ask, “Who do you know that you think I should be talking to?” That’s how you get leads or referrals to other people who might be in a position to either offer you a job or introduce you to someone they know who can help.

When it comes to the quickest way to get a job, getting referrals is where it’s at.  Companies get thousands of resumes. Yet bosses feel safer hiring candidates recommended by people they know.

When a mutual acquaintance endorses you, an interviewer might overlook a soft spot on your resume and give you a break with some on the job training. You’re not treated like that when you walk in cold.

So remember: It’s who you know, sweetheart. And check out a related post, Networking for jobs.


Copyright © 2015 by Ransom Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.

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