Job Search Part 3:What networking can do for your job search!
Are you looking for work? Then you have come to the right place!
This is the third in our new series on Job Search. In the first at this link http://wisewolftalking.com/2012/07/05/job-searchwhat-kind-of-work-are-you-looking-for/we said that you have a decision to make! The clearer you are about the kind of work you want, the more likely you are to be successful.
In the second post last week at this link, http://wisewolftalking.com/2012/07/12/job-search-part-2-where-are-you-looking/, I set out some options for you in terms of where to look for work
- Recruitment agencies
- On-Line Job Sites
- Contacting employers directly
- LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter
- Local newspapers and bulletin boards
- Graduate and Intern schemes
- Word of mouth – Networking
I said that I thought networking was the most effective way to look for work; so that is what we are going to tackle to-day.
Most jobs, particularly in the private sector, are never advertised at all. You find out about those jobs through talking to people – networking.
Letting people you know, and people they can introduce you to, know what you have to offer, really does bring new opportunities. These contacts can offer advice from own their experiences of job search. They can tell you about the sector they work in and they can introduce you to others, so that your network expands.
But networking is more than just asking for help! You need to make it a two-way conversation. In order to receive, you must be ready to give.
So what have you got to share in this conversation? Well, you can be an attentive audience! You can listen with real interest, attention and respect to what they have to say. Plus you can share your own knowledge. You can talk about your own sector and you can share your own contacts. Sometimes people are really grateful for an opportunity to talk about what is happening to them at work. Play your part and offer support when it is needed.
Make it an on-going and mutual conversation. You can become ambassadors for each other and connect each other with new possibilities.
You can network beyond your existing circle at, such as, an event run by your professional organization. If you don’t already belong to the professional organization for your sector, now is the time to join. It can be expensive but it really is a good investment. Your professional organization can help you keep you up to date with developments in your profession and in your market sector, as well as getting early warning about possible changes legislation. Knowing about new trends helps you to keep up personal development even though you are out of work.
You can network, as well, at events like job fairs which are intended to bring employers together with potential new employees. And if you are thinking of making a career change into starting your own business, lots of business networking events are held for you each week.
But, remember, the keys to success on any networking occasion are establishing a relationship and having a conversation. It is about showing you are someone they want, but it is not about selling yourself in a way that embarrasses you or the people you talk to. Have an elevator pitch (a 30-60 second description of what you do and why someone should work with you) but craft, and use it, with care.
To network well you need to understand the networking process and have the confidence to take an active part in it. If you would like one to one advice on networking email me. I am happy to offer readers of this blog a free half hour coaching session by phone or Skype
Next week we’ll tackle writing a winning CV
I know you can get that job you have been hoping for and I would like to help you. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org now to arrange a free half hour coaching session by Skype.
Wendy Mason is a career coach working mainly with professional women who want to make that jump to senior level. Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR. She now divides her time between face to face coaching, and coaching and blogging on-line. You can contact Wendy at email@example.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
Coming shortly – the WiseWolf Career and Personal Development Programme – if you would like to know more email firstname.lastname@example.org