Networking has always been a vital aspect of your job search, and recent events have made it even more important. Studies have shown that up to 85% of all jobs are found by networking. With companies needing to fill a variety of open positions in the near future, it’s more important than ever to reach out to those around you to get a jump on these opportunities. Here are four tips for using online networking to find your next job:
Let Your Network Know You Are Looking
Unless there is a reason to keep your job search a secret from your broader network (i.e. you are currently employed), there is no reason to be coy about the fact that you are looking for your next career move. Let people know by sending out an email or posting about your intentions via social media. Contact friends and family members and ask them to keep out an eye out for opportunities with their employer or in their industry.
In addition, make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and reflects your desire for something new. Turn on the “Looking For Job Opportunities” feature and make sure that your profile contact information is current. This way both companies and recruiters will seek you out for opportunities.
Be Clear About What You Are Looking For
A focused job search is always going to be more successful than a general one, so being able to clarify for your network the specific type of position you are seeking will yield better results. Be specific when identifying what you want; whether you are looking for a short-term gig or a specific position, as well as the salary and benefits you are seeking. This allows your network to make the right inquiries and it will lessen the chance that you’ll burn any bridges by turning down an opportunity that someone in your network presents to you.
Have Your Resume At The Ready
Things can happen fast in the job search world, especially when it comes to networking. It is not out of the realm of possibility that someone will know of a job opening that needs to be filled right away, meaning they will need a resume and cover letter immediately. CV’s may need to be adjusted a bit for the specifics of an opening, but the document should be generally ready to go by the time you reach out.
Keep Up Your Own Search
Job searches should be multi-faceted, so while your network is on the lookout for opportunities, it’s important that you keep your search up as well. Think of your network as a way to supplement your own search: a nice extra layer, but it should not replace what you are doing on your own.
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