probably already aware that most job openings aren't published in the newspaper - and many
aren't published anywhere at all. So how does one find out about these hidden
opportunities? How do those "hidden" jobs get filled if they aren't
advertised? The answer is word of mouth.
When your aunt Sally calls you to tell you that your cousin's best friend heard
about a job you might be interested in, that's networking. When you get your
girlfriend's sister an interview at one of your client's companies, that's
networking too. Networking is just a fancy word for people helping other people out.
Reach Out to the People who Know and Like You
Even if you haven't consciously been trying to build a
personal network, you still have one. It consists of your friends, family,
current an former colleagues and mentors.
Reach out to these folks and let them know what you're up to. If you're looking for
a new position, let them know specifically what you are looking for. Your uncle Herb
may have only a vague understanding of what you do for a living, but give him the details
anyway. Remember, everybody knows somebody. Your uncle Herb knows you and
wants you to succeed, so by all means let him. Besides, you never know who he'll be
playing golf with this Sunday.
In addition to personal friends and associates, you will
want to develop relationships with recruiters who
specialize in your field of work. A good way to get your name in front of recruiters
is to post your resume on
major job boards.
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