How to Make the Most of Your Network
Employers are at an advantage during the hiring process because they typically have a pool of applicants from which to choose. You, on the other hand, have to ensure that everything is just right – from your resume, to your interview, to your follow-up plan – you are one person competing with many others and trying to stand out in the crowd.
The best-kept secret for personalizing and focusing your job search is your network. Networking successfully can be a full-time job on its own; however, the professional rewards are well worth your effort.
Here are some valuable tips to keep in mind when tapping into your network to find a job:
Remember that everyone has a network, which can include family members, former coworkers, volunteer colleagues, and social media connections.
Approach networking as a relationship-building process.
Make specific requests or suggestions to your networking partners in order to help them help you in the best way possible.
Don’t forget to return the favor when someone comes to you during their own career transition.
Networking takes time and patience; however, it allows you to target your job search as opposed to casting a wide, often arbitrary, net.