Career counselors are busy people these days. And most of the people they see have one request: “Please! Help me get a job!”
This isn’t surprising. Today’s job market is a tough one. The national unemployment rate rose, for the first time in 11 months, this May. It now stands at a far-too-high 8.2 percent. This means that job openings, especially those listed on the online employment sites, generate hundreds of responses.
Too Many Resumes
You can forgive hiring managers if they simply delete a good portion of those e-mailed resumes without even looking at them.
This market, then, makes it tough for anyone who needs help finding a job. Fortunately, the savviest career counselors all tell their job-seeking clients the same thing: The best way to find a job today is through networking.
Networking requires real work. You’ll have to call former bosses and co-workers and schedule lunch meetings or evening phone calls with them. You’ll have to attend business-after-hours events in your community or listen to area chamber of commerce speeches. You’ll have to spend time on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social media sites.
Hard, but Effective, Work
But when done right, networking remains the surest path to a new job.
Here’s why. During a lunch meeting with a former co-worker, your once cubicle mate might mention that a former supervisor of his is opening her own business. This supervisor might need to fill desk space at her new company with people who have your work experience.
You might, after telling your LinkedIn business contacts that you are in the market for a new job, receive a message from a former vendor who knows of a client looking for marketing talent in an office just a short commute from you.
Business Networking Brings Results
In other words, through networking with your circle of business contacts, you give yourself the best chance to land one of those sought-after positions in the hidden jobs market, those jobs that never are advertised on an online employment website. And you’ll face less competition when shooting for one of these positions.
So next time you need to learn how to get job, consider the power of networking. It’s a lot more effective than pleading with a career counselor, “Help me get a job!”
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