Network Your Way New Job

10 Ways To Network Your Way To A New Job

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Getting a job can be a major challenge, especially if it is your first job or you’re over 50.

Related: Top 10 People You Must Have In Your Network To Find A Job

Think of the job market in your area and how many people will be applying for a job listed on an online job board or local newspaper. All applicants are your competitors for the prized job. How will you give yourself the best chance of success in finding a job? How do you stand out from the crowd? How can you get the inside running?

EVERY person you know could become your sponsor, supporter, and a referrer for the opportunity you want. Consider the following to help you network your way to a new job:

1. Consult With Recruitment Agencies

Meet and discuss opportunities for employment. Agents can directly market you to their contacts. Also some jobs are not advertised and you can connect directly into this market via the recruiter who will look for suitable candidates to present to their customers.

2. Use LinkedIn

Get your profile out to the market place. Connect with your friends and contacts and ask to be recommended, endorsed and introduced to new potential contacts. Take out a subscription for the Job Seeker package and become a featured applicant and send InMails to the recruiter.

3. Utilize School/Employment Careers Officers, Friends, Family, And Acquaintances

All of these people can also be another good source of information, as you have many people who can spot jobs for you and recommend you to their networks as well.

4. Do Tertiary Training

Training that is tailored to your intended career path and will meet your potential employer’s needs will put you a step ahead of other applicants. Many large companies line up at the universities/training colleges and hire graduates.

5. Take Job-Specific Training Courses

These are great for getting recommended to potential employers by your teacher, coach or trainer.

6. Join Business Networking Organizations

Take a look at your local business network clubs, and maybe even a political party. Ask to attend your local Chamber of Commerce meetings, and your City Council’s social or formal events with a working friend who has an invite. These are great for meeting CEO’s of the local companies.

7. Join Community Organizations

Rotary club, Lions Club International, women’s clubs such as Zonta and Soroptimist International are involved in charity fundraisers and other community/cultural events. Toastmasters are especially good, as this club has members who want speaking self-improvement for professional or personal reasons.

8. Join A Club

Sports clubs, golf, tennis, ski, hiking, men’s/women’s social clubs, yacht, and swimming clubs are all great opportunities to connect. Most clubs have people who make employment decisions, or know someone who does! Getting on club committees can showcase your ability and potential. Ask friends for invites to attend private clubs and organisations. Some of my best past job offers have come from members of clubs that I have been involved in.

9. Find A Mentor Or Patron

Work with a patron who can recommend you. Be guided by your mentor/s, and their network of contacts.

10. Impress Your Customers

Work hard and impress your customers with your competence. They may just be your next employer.

Getting the first and last jobs in your career can be the hardest challenges, but if you review the list above and try these options, success will come.

Remember that the job you want is waiting for you. Use your new and existing contacts to find it.

Good luck and happy job-hunting!

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Barry Brockbank

Barry lives in Australia and his education has come from the university of life!
He has over 30 years of sales experience, in advertising, IT and general B2B sales. He is married and is enjoying a semi-retired life. He has a great passion for helping others.

18 comments

  1. Hello everyone.
    I graduated in 2009 from George Mason University majoring Film/Vide minor in Business. I could not get a job. If I get one job the is pay very very low. I am in completely different job field that pays way better than what film/video production company offers. I sometimes work as an event videographer to keep my skills active. I need a job in my with the degree I earned. I need help.
    Thanks

    • Meron,

      Thanks for posting here. Do you have a list of the companies you’d most like to work for in your field? Find out what you like best about those, and network with people that work there. If that doesn’t work, try finding businesses with similar qualities to your ideal companies, and try there.

    • Hi Meron,

      My son just graduated from George Mason in May in Systems Engineering and he is out looking for a job as well. I work at Hewlett-Packard and we use a number of video production companies, so I can help make some contacts for you at them. If you want send me your resume and I will contact you and we can see what I can do to help. Go Patriots!

  2. I am 67 year old I was laid off of my job . I have looked for a job with no luck . I need help and the age does not help me .

    • Tresa,

      I am 63 and thankfully employed, but I can identify with your challenge. Maybe I can help with some advice. Tell me more about what kind of job you had and what your skill level is.

    • tresa:

      One think to do on your resume is to limit Work Experience history to the past 10-years. In addition, educational degree award dates can pinpoint your age, so if you can, don’t include degree dates beyond 10 years back. Provide that information at the interview if possible.
      One time, I got a call from a large aerospace firm for an interview. I had grey hair. They put me into an interview room, told me the hiring supervisor would be in soon, but left the door open. I could see people walking by and looking in. Finally after an hour, a man came in to apologize that the hiring supervisor called in sick. They would reschedule my interview for another day. I never heard back from this company. It made me feel sick. If this happens to you, place yourself away from the door so people would have to come in or better yet, shut the door to force someone to come in. Also, ask for the name of anyone coming in to tell you the interview was cancelled, the name of the HR person setting up your appointment, and then get a lawyer. You have a case for age discrimination suit. I was told that my situation was not professionally done and I probably had grounds to pursue action. Good luck on your new career search.

      Lonnie

      • Lonnie, I am not a lawyer but I would say you have a strong case for age discrimination. The downside of that approach is that word will travel fast among the companies that might be potential employers and you won’t even get into the interview room, so my advice is to take a step back and make a list of your connections/friends/former colleagues and contect them, not for a job, but for advice, opinions and information, and most importantly, OTHER prople you don’t know that you could talk to. Networking. And keep your skills up-to-date. Hiring managers are a very risk-averse bunch so unless you are referred it will be a challenge. That’s why 80% of jobs are filled through referrals!

  3. Those were pretty sound tips Barry! I’m giving out tips regarding creating resumes and its importance to a successful job hunt. But when I saw you article. My eyes were opened a bit more. Thanks!

    • These ideas work as I have tried them in life. I am delighted to be able to share any information which may help others. Thank you for reading the article.
      Cheers BB

  4. Teddy: Yes you have the right attitude. here’s a quick true story about that kind of networking: Josh was a senior in Marketing at a local university and wanted to get a paid internship in internet marketing. His father was a sailing enthusiast so when Josh asked him for advice, his father directed him to Mike, one of his sailing buddies, and engineering manager here at HP. Mike directed him to Michelle, a manager in the marketing group. Michelle asked me if I would talk to Josh and give him advice since I was responsible for internet marketing, which I did. I really liked him and we were understaffed, so even though there was NOT a job posted, Michelle and I CREATED a position for Josh. Josh of course got the job with zero competetive interviews and worked here until last month when he got a better job at at ad agency. So this intern job was reated as a direct result of Josh’s initial conversation and the subsequent conversations! And it started with asking his father, the sailor, for some advice. This happens all the time for people who know how to create relationships, even though they may not know exactly where it will lead.

  5. Good overview article Barry. It is so true that the ability to network is vital in today’s job market, one’s career advancement and business. What I teach my job seeking clients is that the important thing with “networking” is to just do it. You don’t have to be perfect. And the most important thing is to seek connections on the basis of asking for their advice and opinions, not a job opening. When you probe your network for a job, the conversation is by nature limited to job openings they may, or may not, have at that moment. When you network by simply asking for advice and opinions, and only then do you ask them for additional contacts you could talk to: you are building an ever-expanding “asset” (your personal network) that can spin off dividends in the future (new opportunities). And you never know when you initiate a new network connections where it will lead, so don’t overthink it. Just do it.

    • Great advice Bill.

      Network to make connections. They may turn into some level of a relationship. Focus on the connection and relationship building. Whatever is to come from this will come.

      Yes sometimes nothing will come from it, however often, when done with true honesty, networking will create new connections that may open new doors.

      Thanks for sharing your insights.

    • Yes you are exactly right. I didn’t go into that part of networking as that would be an article in its self. They way I was envisioning this was for introductions and not content of conversations.
      Thank you for your feedback and insights.

      Cheers BB

  6. Good article Barry. Networking is a great way to achieve lots of goals in life, career, business and community. All of your ideas are worth considering.

    In the book, “Networking for Mutual Benefit” we learn that the most powerful way to Network is to Give. Focus on helping others and making meaningful connections.

    The books is available on Amazon Paperback and Kindle – http://www.amazon.com/Networking-for-Mutual-Benefit-ebook/dp/B00B4D1DLW

    Thanks for sharing Barry.

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