How to Find a Job Using Your Personal and Professional Network

How to Find a Job Using Your Personal and Professional Network

Finding a new job can seem like an uphill task at times. It’s you against everyone else, right? How on earth do you manage to get ahead of the crowd and into the job you’re looking for?

Well there are some ways of doing it that require you to be pro-active and to go beyond what you would normally do to get a job. Ask yourself how you would go about looking for a new job right now. You’d probably go online and look for job vacancies. You’d watch out for the chance to apply for jobs advertised in your local area too.

But there is one other major source of jobs that you may not even have thought of. It’s the people you already know.

Are we talking about friends, family or colleagues?

Truthfully, all of them! Any one person could have information that could lead you to the job of your dreams. The trouble is that most people simply don’t get the word out – they keep their job hunt to themselves.

Maybe it’s fear of failure that causes them to do this. But in truth, if you connect with the people you know, you stand a better chance of succeeding in your job search than you would otherwise.

Okay so how do I start?

The best way to begin is to let everyone know you are looking for another job. You need to be a little careful when it comes to work colleagues because you don’t want to jeopardize your current position. Only ask people you trust to keep an eye out for you. Of course if you are looking to change jobs in the same organization then it could be a good thing to let people know you’re eager to progress in your career, so it can change with each situation.

It’s easy to think that no one will be able to help you out. But you need to think beyond those direct connections. Let’s say for example that your aunt works in a bakery and you’re working in a law firm and you’re looking to make a change so you can move up the career ladder. A bakery and a law firm would seem to be poles apart and you’d be right too.

But it doesn’t mean your aunt may not know about any connections that could help you. Maybe she knows a friend of a friend who has connections in your line of work? Maybe simply by mentioning it to someone she knows, they’ll go away and speak to someone else about it. Then before you know it you’ve got a connection to a potential job opening you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

Do you see how this works? You just have to open your mind to the possibilities of making the most of every single connection you have in your personal and professional network. Once you do that, you’ll be surprised just how much power you could have.

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