It’s gotten to the point where “job seeker” can be a synonym for “discouraged.” How are you supposed to overcome the competition to get a job? Especially if it’s been a long time since you’ve had to look for a position, you have a lot of obstacles to overcome. You know it’s futile to sit around and bemoan how tough it is to land a job; it’s up to you to act.
Your first order of business is to network effectively and efficiently. Consider the following tips to make sure your networking is working:
Solidify your pitch. If you can’t tell someone what you’re good at in 15 seconds or less, you’re setting yourself up to fail. Get out of the house and find places to practice your pitch and introduce yourself. Attend in-person events to meet new people, both at professional and social gatherings. Consider attending events without friends or family members so you’ll be more likely to meet new contacts.
Don’t ask for a job. Everyone says that you need to tell everyone you are looking for a job, but that’s not your best bet. You’ve been there: a job seeker approaches and asks for opportunities. Have conversations that lead to follow-up meetings so you’ll have more chances to make good impressions that do lead to referrals.
Be a good listener. You’ll be surprised by how many new contacts you will impress when you listen well. Most people tend to talk a lot when they meet someone, so when you ask a lot of questions and appear very interested (whether or not you are interested), you’ll make an impression and possibly win a new friend who may be willing to make an introduction for you.
Be helpful. It’s one thing to meet a lot of people; it’s another to focus on what you can do for the new people you meet. Especially if you’re a frustrated job seeker, it’s easy to forget that you have a lot of skills and ideas to share. You may have suggestions or ideas to help your new contacts. Think first about what you can do for other people, and you’ll be more likely to attract generous networking contacts to you.
Follow up. How many times have you met potential contacts who may help you, but you avoided requesting a meeting because it was awkward to ask? Every time you let a new networking contact vanish into the ether, you lose opportunities you’ll never know about.
Get referred. All of this networking has a great potential payoff. If you’re not putting yourself in positions to be referred, you could miss out on this key job search strategy.
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