The 1 Thing That Helped me Get a Job

Activate the Network

OK, I promise this will be the last job hunting related post for a while, but I am on a bit of a roll, so I figured I’d keep on going.

The one thing that I did learn was that most folks will find their eventual job via their network of contacts (as I pointed out in a post I did during my job hunting). I have not found more than a hand full of folks who have actually found a job by simply dropping their resume off, or putting it into a job database (not saying it won’t happen, just saying it is not bloody likely).

What is your network made up of?

  • Former employers and former bosses, you need these for your references and if these folks are working, they will know better than anyone else, where jobs might be. These folks are the Uber Insiders, treasure them and treat them well.
  • Former co-workers, again, if these folks are employed, they will know of inside jobs and who might be hiring. These are good insiders and you should stay in contact with them and treat them OK (don’t buy them lunch or anything, but maybe buy them a beer or coffee).
  • Folks you meet on your job searches, this will include:
    • Other jobs seekers, these folks are useful because they may have heard of folks hiring, but remember they are competitors, and if they don’t have a job, they aren’t as useful as the first two groups of folks.
    • Headhunters are of use because they might give you tips on what areas are hiring, and they might even find you a job (yeh, right).
    • Trainers and folks who teach job hunting courses. These folks will give you useful tips on how to make your resume more interesting, and have more tips for you.

This is a good list of useful folks, and remember you are trying to find out about the inside jobs that are not necessarily going to be advertised. A lot of times these jobs are simply unavailable to most folks, but if you have a good insider, you may be able to work around that (keep that in mind).

Job searching is hard these days (I know of what I speak), and nothing worth having is going to come easily now either.  Activate your network before you think you need them, it is just being prudent.

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  • Retirement Savings Guru June 17, 2011, 1:13 PM

    I agree with Gerry to an extent. I can actually think of a few people I know who have landed jobs through the “formal process” of submitting a resume, and going through the motions. However, most of the people I know who are currently employed found their jobs through people they knew. Another piece of advice I would throw out is to always have a rainy day fund somewhere in case you face a few months of unemployment. Employers can smell desperation!

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    • bigcajunman June 17, 2011, 1:26 PM

      Not saying you can’t find a job just with your resume, but it is HIGHLY unlikely. Yes, employers can smell desperation, and will ensure you don’t get a very good deal if they hire you (keep that in mind too).

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  • krantcents June 16, 2011, 9:54 AM

    Networking is the best way to find a position, particularly in this competitive environment. If a company runs an advertisement for an opening, they will get a thousands resumes. One should network even when you are not looking for a job.

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    • bigcajunman June 16, 2011, 10:18 AM

      Very true, everyone you meet could be a future employer, so treat them with respect.

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  • Gerry Resume Writer June 16, 2011, 7:51 AM

    The network is very important in certain industries and with certain companies….and at certain levels within the company. But most people still get jobs in large organizations through the more formal process, without necessarily any outside “connections”.

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    • bigcajunman June 16, 2011, 8:06 AM

      Gerry, you could not be more wrong, but then again, your business wouldn’t make much money if folks realize that their resume only needs to be at a certain level, to be able to get a job with their network too, so I can understand your point of view too.

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