Networking Tips for the Job Seeker
In my library workshop, “Search the Hidden Job Market”, I talk about becoming the information sleuth. Think of yourself as a detective or consider putting your dog to work at sniffing out the jobs. There are all sorts of channels to work and the more pathes you take, should increase your odds of landing a job. If nothing else, you’ll be busy.
- Of course, go ahead and work through the job boards.
- Meet with recruiters and headhunters for you might just be an ideal match.
- Tell all your friends and relatives.
- Tell the strangers you meet while waiting at the dentist or doctor’s office, at the grocery, at the gym, etc.
- Follow the jobs in Linkedin especially the ones listed in your groups.
- Read the newspaper and especially the business section. Be sure to think about what the headlines may mean with regard to potential hiring. Are there new companies moving in? Is anyone moving to larger quarters these days? Or, have any companies been awarded a large government contract perhaps?
- Identify vendors or suppliers who might know where there are job openings at companies with whom they do business. For example, if you were an accountant, you might contact CPA firms to find out if any of their clients have job openings or perhaps you could contact the sales reps for accounting software. If you are an HR specialist, you might contact employee benefits companies or HR specific software providers.
- Don’t forget trade or professional associations. Join them and get involved. It could be money and time well-spent.
- Try writing a blog. An article I read in the The Wall Street Journal a few years ago, featured someone who got noticed and got a job because of the reputation she established with her blog.
Above all, be visible!