Why is this so urgent?
With the ups and downs of the economy, we never know when our job will be pulled out from under us. Employment has been unbelievably strong in recent years, but this will change ‒ it always does. Some of the largest companies have started trimming their teams. If you don’t have a solid and current professional network when that happens, you’ll end up applying online with a zillion other people and getting the same results – NOTHING! If you don’t have a strong network, you won’t find the many unposted jobs that will still be open.
It takes time to build your network
When you’re focused on your job, time with family, out with friends, it’s difficult to find time to network. And building your network is not an overnight activity – it takes a while to create a solid connection with others, and your current company colleagues are not enough. You need a wide (multi-company) network, and you need to start!
Believe it or not
Many companies realize that The Online Job Posting Dumpster is not where they want to search for candidates. Given all the ads you hear and see on Radio, Online, TV, Social Media, etc. this may be difficult to believe. But multiple surveys in recent years have found that 60 to 80% of jobs are never advertised. Regardless of the exact number, it’s still a lot.
Even more interesting, other studies have discovered that positions that have been posted on job boards are frequently filled by internal candidates! Others observed that many online postings are not real ‒ they’re for show or for filling their company “pipeline.”
How are job-seekers succeeding?
Many candidates are finding jobs in a much better way; they’re using the networks they’ve built to find the jobs, learn about the company, and get connected directly to the Hiring Manager.
We describe it as ‘building’ your network, because that’s what it is. It’s similar to developing personal friendships, and it takes time and effort. The difference is that you focus on your professional career and knowledge, not on your social interests.
A great way to begin is through a professional organization or association that supports people in your profession. Meet your peers and learn about the work they do in their companies. It’s easy – even if you’re an introvert – you’re engaging with them and talking about the careers and work you have in common! Another benefit is increasing your skill set and staying current with the leading ideas in your profession.
Or you can start with one person, or maybe a couple. Reach out directly to someone who shares your career – someone you don’t know yet. Introduce yourself, and ask work-focused questions. Make plans to meet for a business lunch. Talk about the work you have in common.
Don’t do it!
You’re reaching out to introduce yourself, to network, and to learn; NOT to ask about jobs! You don’t know each other yet. Why would someone you’ve just met share information with a stranger (you, at this point).
You need to start now
If you don’t have one, you need to begin developing your professional network now (or refresh ones you’ve let wither). It takes time to build or re-establish relationships. You didn’t get to know your friends or significant other in a meeting or two, right? Once you have a robust network, you’ll be sharing your knowledge with your colleagues, and they will know you well enough to share information about jobs, companies, managers with you.
We can help
We can help you build your professional network, contact us at TRC for a free introductory conversation. Call us at 774-612-3104 or visit TheResumeConstructor.com