The holidays will be here before you know it, and that means gatherings, parties, and more social events. If you’re looking to engage in job networking, you may think that this is not the time to start – but that’s not true! With the combination of being around people you know now and those you
Job Search Networking
There are many skills that you need to land that next job – education, experience, attitude, gumption. With the advent of social and business networking sites and online professional associations, it’s important to spend time on another increasingly crucial skill – networking. Not that networking skills haven’t been important before, but online networking can make
As I write this, the national unemployment rate still sits at over 8%. While hardly news, it warrants repeating that there are currently close to 15 million Americans who are unemployed and another 10 million seeking to change their present employment situation. Needless to say, competition for jobs is fierce. While perhaps not as obvious,
With the unemployment rate still above 8% nationally and nearly 25 million people either looking for work or to change employment, it takes employers and recruiters an inordinate amount of time to screen applicants. If you are among those looking for a new job or to change the one you have, you can't rely strictly
Networking used to mean lots of face-to-face time meeting people at workshops and conventions, making calls, handing out business cards, and asking friends for introductions. While this is still true, the social web has added many new ways to build and cultivate your network. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest make it easy to make
Job seekers frequently suffer from telephone phobia. Knowing how and using the telephone effectively during your job search will make help keep your search moving forward efficiently and productively, ultimately helping you to land a new job faster and more successfully. Out of intimidation, shyness, or a fear of rejection many job seekers will try
// // While it is difficult to identify the original source for this statistic, it has often been said that approximately 80% of all jobs filled are done so in what is known as the "hidden" or "unpublished" job market. These are jobs typically landed through word-of-mouth and referrals as opposed to the hit-or-miss method
// // The elevator pitch. You are probably familiar with the term. It is most commonly used to describe the concise 60-second speech that business owners and executives, as well as salespeople, use to describe their business, product, or service to others. More importantly, it is a speech that is delivered in a compelling way
// You’ve heard it before: at least 80% of all the jobs are found through the “hidden” job market, also known as the “unpublished” job market. These are jobs typically landed through word of mouth and referrals as opposed to the hit-or-miss method of answering ads, posting your resume to internet databases, or other techniques
// // Though 50% of my current sales are generated from referrals (generally, from past clients) and repeat clients, one of my primary business goals always involves increasing the percentage of new business generated through word-of-mouth sources. I've read and studied a number of books on this subject and on developing a referral marketing strategy.
Networking is the process of developing relationships with a group of relatives, friends, and acquaintances who can assist you with locating the information that you need to find a job. Ideally, a network will help you to identify where the available jobs are as well as give you the personal introductions and background information needed
// // There is a fascinating article on CareerJournal.com. The article is referencing a study done by CareerXroads that indicates the increasing importance of social networking in the job search. According to the study, at large companies, employee referrals led to 1/3 of all new hires - 32% as opposed to just 21% in 2001.