Don’t Know how to Job Search? Get Used to being Unemployed

Get Hired Fast - how to job searchHere’s an unfortunate truth: If you don’t know how to job search today, you’ll never find a job. The competition is just too great.

That’s what happens when the nation’s unemployment rate refuses to fall below percent.

You might think that you know how to get a job. You know all the best job search sites and you send out dozens of resumes a week to the jobs you find posted on them.

Here’s the truth, though: Finding work on online job boards is becoming an increasingly tougher task. It’s a lazy way to job search, and one that’s not likely to land you even an interview.

The Real Way to Job Search

Today, there is one way to boost your chances of finding a job, and it involves sharpening your networking skills.

Networking with business contacts, community leaders, and even friends and family members have always been the surest path to a new job. A growing number of people find jobs because they know the right people.

But in today’s challenging jobs market, networking is more important than ever. That’s because today’s employers can pick and choose from hundreds of candidates for every open position. When hiring managers receive 300 applications for a job they post online, what are the odds that they’ll even read your e-mail, no matter how qualified you might be?

Why Networking Works

Networking works, though, because it sets you apart from your competition. If a former co-worker introduces you to a manager at a top company in your field, you’ll have a far greater chance of landing a job simply because that manager has a reason to believe that you’d be a good fit. Your former co-worker would never have recommended you for the position if that wasn’t the case.

Then there are the times when former bosses or past college professors clue you in to a college who is expanding her business or starting a new one. If you contact that colleague, armed with a recommendation from your former boss, you’ll have the opportunity to impress her before she advertises for new employees. This way, you won’t have to compete with hundreds of other qualified applicants to make a good impression.

Start Networking Now

Your task, then, is a simple one: You need to start networking today if you want to find a new job.

Get on the phone and schedule a lunch meeting with a former boss. Send e-mail messages to your past co-workers telling them that you’re on the hunt for a new job. Post on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter that you’re looking for new work. And tell everyone you meet – even friends and family members – that you’re looking for job interviews.

You might be surprised at the results.

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  • Lacy McDuffie

    Yeah..Ass Kissers….I like being friendly with people and conversations as much as anybody….but some people are just biased….unfortunatly these types of things are ways that turn people into same personality carbon capies of each other or boring…for instance, good luck trying to get some fairness out of a bunch or rednecks…they have a tendency to think we’ll she’s not like us therefore we don’t like her so don’t hire her….and frankly I’m not turning backstabing hick just to get it (soul sell)…granted, the law of attraction is what you have to know in life to obtain, but without that forget it.