Finding a Job through Networking
Last updated 25th Apr 2022
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Effectiveness of NetworkingThere is a common phrase "six degrees of separation," which is a concept that's based on an actual research experiment. The findings of that study indicated that, on average, each person in the world is separated by only six other persons.
Informal NetworksThe best way to create a social job network is to do it informally. Here are some examples of very informal job networking opportunities:
- Striking up a conversation with a neighbor.
- Volunteering in the community.
- Talking to the people found at the train station everyday.
- Going out to lunch with that sales person that always seems to be calling.
Targeted Job NetworkingWhile the above examples are great ways to meet new people, and can be done anywhere and at any time, it's also important to take a targeted approach to job networking too. These are opportunities that arise when attending a trade show or a conference. Regardless of the profession, there is almost always a forum that's been created for the sharing of best practices; even among competitors. The Internet is a great place to find out where other people in certain professions are hanging out. There are newsgroups and discussion boards where ideas are shared all the time. Keep in mind the more effort put into this process, the more value it provides.
Network MistakesDon't mistake job networking with approaches such as sending letters to strangers. Don't insult the intelligence of others by introducing yourself this way. It is not appreciated, and does more harm than good. Another mistake that people make is to think that networking is a one way street. The most effective form of networking is one of Quid Pro Quo (this for that). The more someone puts into their social network, the more they will get out of it. If you are looking for favors from others, then be prepared to help others too.
Job Networking ResourcesWe'd like to finish this topic by pointing out some valuable resources that anyone can use to help with their networking activities. Some of these resources can be found right on the Internet, while others are calendars of meetings where different professionals might gather:
- CareerBuilder: has a section dedicated to Career Fairs, which is a great way to network with potential employers from all around the country.
- Monster.com: leveraging the value of creating a social job network, this industry giant has rolled out "communities," an entire section of their website devoted just to networking.
- CareerOneStop: specializes in finding local jobs, provides links to networking opportunities in all 50 states.
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