Why Saying “Help Me Find a Job” Isn’t Good Enough

November 17, 2011

Job Hunt, Networking, Offline Networking

The surest way to find a job in these difficult economic times is to network with professionals in your field. The relationships that you develop with your peers can bear fruit in the form of job leads and interviews. But networking isn’t just finding an industry peer and saying, “Help me find a job.”

Networking to Find the Hidden Jobs

If you want your peers to recommend you to a hiring manager or give you a lead on a job opportunity that hasn’t yet hit the online job boards, you have to give them a reason why they should give your job search a boost. After all, when people recommend you to their superiors or work to secure you a job interview, they are putting their own reputations on the line. If you perform poorly during a job interview, or present yourself in a less than professional manner, you are hurting their reputation.

If you want to convince your fellow industry professionals to help you land your next job, you must first prove to them that you won’t embarrass them.

Help me find a job please

Provide Your Qualifications

First, when talking to your peers about your job search, make sure to explain to them exactly why you’d be a good fit for any openings at their companies. Briefly provide them with a synopsis of your experience, being sure to include any notable accomplishments.

Secondly, provide them with a printed resume. This will give your networking contacts something tangible to show the hiring managers and executives at their own firms. Make sure that your resume is tailored to the particular job for which your peers are recommending you.

The Power of Professionalism

Finally, when you do show up for a job interview or apply for a lead in the hidden job market of unlisted opportunities, do so in the most professional manner possible. Don’t assume that you don’t have to give your best effort simply because a peer at the company recommended you. Your advantage ends once the interview begins. And if you come off as unprepared, you can bet that your networking contact at this company won’t recommend you for any future positions.

It’s OK to ask your industry peers, especially those with whom you’ve already built a relationship, “Help me find a job.” Just make sure that you back up this request by giving your peers a reason to recommend you for jobs in confidence.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bobprosen Bob Prosen

    Landing a job in today’s economy requires you to think and act differently. If you’re wed to the traditional way of job-hunting you’re destined to compete with everyone else chasing the same few opportunities.

    The most effective way to get the job you want is to think like an employer. Sounds simple but many people don’t appreciate the importance or know how to do it.

    Before beginning your search you have to understand why all companies hire. It’s to solve problems and your challenge is to position yourself as the solution. In other words, hiring you allows the company to solve problems faster, better and cheaper than they could without you. Here’s how to start.

    Step 1 – Identify your skills and expertise.

    Step 2 – Find the companies you want to work for and research them to uncover their problems. Use the Internet, Google alerts, read press releases and speak with current and former employees.

    Your ability to uncover your target employers’ problems and position yourself as the solution is what will get you hired.

    Here are just a few potential problem areas. Completing projects on time and on budget, improve product quality, improve customer service, increase sales, reduce costs, enhance online marketing, etc.

    Step 3 – Identify the hiring manager.

    Step 4 – Create a personal marketing plan to get your solutions in the hands of the hiring manager.

    Step 5 – Develop a “One-Sheet” resume, to separate you from the crowd, along with a set of compelling cover letters that show your experience solving similar problems.

    Step 6 – Follow up is essential to getting an interview. Be persistent but not a

    As a former executive with several Fortune companies I know how leaders think. People who have followed this process have gotten hired.

    Good luck and never give up!

    Bob Prosen – CEO
    The Prosen Center for Business Advancement

    P.S. And yes, this works for recent college grads as well.
    P.S.S. Market yourself to the companies you want to work for whether or
    not they have an opening.