And that’s unfortunate. Often, it’s the people whom job seekers least expect who can provide them with the biggest help in landing their next job.
For instance, the neighbor three doors down might have a daughter-in-law who’s a lawyer downtown. That lawyer might represent a construction firm that is looking for a new site supervisor. The unemployed construction professional three doors down would never know this if he hadn’t asked his neighbor if he knew of any potential job openings in his field.
It can be embarrassing for the unemployed to ask social acquaintances for help. Some people feel as if they are imposing when asking for help. Others are private and prefer not to discuss work or financial matters with their neighbors or friends. Still others are simply too ashamed of being out of work, and don’t want to look like a failure in front of others.
Finding Your Next Job
But all three of these attitudes can hurt unemployed people who are job searching. One of the best ways to find employment is to network the old-fashioned way: face-to-face. Networking doesn’t just occur among business professionals, former co-workers and past bosses. Unemployed people can also network with their second cousins, sister’s boyfriend, next-door neighbor, and mailman.
In fact, any time an unemployed person tells someone she meets that she’s out of work, she increases her chances of eventually connecting with someone who can help her find a new job.
The potential upside, then, of asking neighbors or friends the “Can you help me get a job?” question is huge. And the downside of suffering a bit of embarrassment or hurt pride is incredibly minor.
Using all Your Job-Search Tools
Job hunters aren’t afraid of surfing to the best job search websites, asking for job leads on Facebook or LinkedIn or calling their former co-workers to ask for employment recommendations. They shouldn’t be afraid, either, to ask the members of their social circle for help in their job searches.
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