Even with the national unemployment rate falling to a three-year low in the last month of 2011, there are still more than 12 million people in the United States looking for a job. This means that there is plenty of competition for every U.S. job opportunity. No wonder so many people are still telling most everyone they meet, “Help me find a job!”
Problem is, too many job seekers are asking this of the wrong people. If you want to conduct the best job search possible, you need to ask the right people for help.
Former Co-Workers Can Help You Find Your Next Job
One group of people to target for job search advice is any former co-workers with whom you still regularly communicate. These people might know of upcoming openings in their own companies. They might know of a co-worker who is retiring or moving on to a new position, leaving an open job behind them. They might also know workers at other companies who are aware of future openings at their places of business. These inside tips can help you land a job interview or meet with a hiring manager before an open position hits the job boards.
Tapping Into Your Social Network
You should also ask former bosses for help in your job search. These people can give you a letter of recommendation that can help you stand out among the sea of applicants for a job, especially if you parted ways amicably from them.
Don’t forget, either, to network with local business professionals in town. You can meet with these people at chamber of commerce meetings, Rotary or Lions Club luncheons and business-after-hour events. These people, too, might know of job openings that haven’t yet hit the public. Again, this increases your chance of making a good impression with hiring managers before they throw their doors open to additional job applicants.
Ask the Right People for Job Search Help
As you search for a new job in 2012, you’ll undoubtedly be hit with plenty of job search advice. But one of the best pieces of advice that you can receive is this: When you are looking for new work, ask the right people for help. You might be surprised at how many people in your social sphere can help you find your next job.
So quit asking, “Help me find a job” and learn these secrets to helping yourself. Start crafting your own job search category, and consider signing up for our Get Hired Boot Camp. Our job-search professionals can help you create a job search strategy that gives you the best odds of landing a new position this year.