Change your job with the right Networking
Although networking is one of the most effective routes for finding work, many people are reluctant to use it for a variety of reasons: they might be embarrassed because they don't have a job and are simply in a tight spot; they might find it difficult to speak about themselves with other people or they might simply not believe that networking is the best way for solving their problem.
It might seem easier to
respond to ads or send your cv in a non selective manner although in this way you
can only expect to very partially breach the market of hidden positions where
the greatest number of opportunities is concentrated.
Some myths about networking
Networking means asking
everyone you know for a job …
Networking means transforming
people you know into partners in a process. The objective is for them to put us
in contact with others, who will in turn become partners in extending our
network of contacts. Rather than asking for a job, a network should be used for
involving other people in your own search process – people who will keep their
eyes and ears open for opportunities that may be of interest to you.
Networking requires a series of cold calls …
There’s certainly more chance of a stranger answering a letter or taking a phone call if a friend/acquaintance has introduced you to them.
I don’t have a network (or it’s
very small) …
Almost everyone has a large network and probably knows hundreds of people but some of these contacts are so obvious
that we tend to forget about them. Think of neighbours, family, bank staff,
hairdresser, mechanic, GP, etc.
Why should they help me?!
For a variety of reasons:
It’s normal to want to help Others.
Many people have had some form of career transition and they will feel an empathic involvement in the process.
People like to give advice.
Many people would appreciate the same type of help if they were in the same situation.
It’s gratifying to be considered an expert.
They could learn something from us.