During a job seekers journey, it isn’t uncommon for one to feel hopeless at a certain point. However, sometimes the answer is right in front of your face and you just haven’t taken the time to connect with the network you have, in regards to filling vacancies. Your current network is at your finger tips, you just have to learn how you can utilize it in your best interest. Here are some tips we’ve found to be applicable and resourceful.
Assess Your Existing Network. You actually know more people than you think. And these people are almost always willing to help you, but are more than likely unaware of your current unemployment status. It’s your job to make awareness! Start off by creating a list of those individuals who care for you and work in a professional setting. Include family members, former classmates, church/club associates, neighbors, former co-workers, and even general associates of yours. Each connection of these categories, has a similar list of their own, identical to the list you’ve created. This is your “network.”
Reach Out To Your Network. The second step is to reach out to this newly created list/network. Don’t be hesitant to ask for help or get simple direction. The worst answer you’ll receive is “no” or “I can’t”, but you can never know until you ASK. Contact these people and let them know that you’re looking for a job. Specify the exact industry or role that you’re looking for and ask them if they have any information or know anyone in a relevant field. You’ll be surprised who they know, and this creates an opening and a path in the right direction.