Networking is the most effective way to land the job you are seeking, especially during a recession. This article will illuminate a few unique ways technology will allow you to connect with people who can help you find the job you are looking for.
We have all heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” The sad thing is, this is true! If you want to find a job, you need to network. You might be thinking to yourself, “I don’t know anyone in the industry I’m pursuing,” or “I have nobody to contact.” My response to this is simple, “Yes you do!” Listed below are a few new ways technology can help you succeed.
- Email. If you are reading this article you will undoubtedly have an email account with numerous contacts. These are probably the people closest to you, meaning they are the people who want to see you succeed. I recommend sending a mass email out to any friends, family, acquaintances and former coworkers who might know someone in the industry you are pursuing. You might feel insecure about doing this. You may even feel bothersome, but you need to remember that people gain a sense of satisfaction when helping others out. Use that to your advantage. In the body of the email, describe the position you are looking for, and why you are looking for it. If you feel comfortable doing so, briefly list a few accomplishments that would be attractive to an employer. At the end, ask the recipients to reply with an email if they know of anyone that can help you out. I’m sure you will receive a response!
- Alumni Network. Many colleges and universities have an alumni network that allows current and former students to connect with each other. Many people don’t know that this is a very powerful avenue to search for, and connect with individuals in your industry. This is a very helpful tool because the majority of individuals would like to hire people they have something in common with. I obtained the current position I have through my University’s Alumni network. I found a list of names and contact information of alumnus who are working in the industry I wanted to pursue. I sent emails to these individuals. I received a number of responses. One such individual gave me advice on how to break into the industry. A month after I contacted her, she notified me that one of her coworkers left the company. After informing me of the opening, she directed me to the individuals making hiring decisions. I ended up getting my dream job through a person I had never even met in person.
- Social Media. Social Media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and many others provide a great avenue to connect with individuals who can help you find the job you are looking for. Similar to the methodology explained above, send messages to friends and former colleagues explaining to them your situation and desired outcome. The help you will receive will surprise you!
These three means of networking are not the only networking avenues job seekers can pursue. In the world we live in today we must utilize the most advanced methods of networking available to separate ourselves from the competition. Good Luck!