Who Should You Ask, “Help Me Get a Job?”

Get Hired Fast - help me get a jobThe nation’s job seekers got some much-needed good news last week. The Associated Press reported that the number of U.S. residents seeking unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level in nine weeks, a sign that the nation’s unemployment rate might be ready to fall. This doesn’t mean, though, that you shouldn’t still be asking people, “Please help me get a job.”

Despite the good numbers last week, far too many people remain unemployed in the United States. When companies post their open positions, they’re often overwhelmed by applications from qualified candidates. Many jobs attract hundreds, or more, applications.

The odds, then, of your application receiving serious consideration are low. That’s why networking, or asking people to help you get a job, is still the best method of finding new work.

A Positive Sign for the Economy

The number of U.S. residents who applied for unemployment benefits fell 26,000 in late September to a seasonally adjusted 359,000, according to the Associated Press. That’s a good sign: When this number falls below 375,000, it usually means that companies are hiring enough people to lower the nation’s unemployment rate.

It’s uncertain if that will happen in this case. But if it does, it would provide at least some relief to today’s harried job seekers.

The Networking Advantage

Those trying to find a job today, even with the hope that the unemployment rate will slowly start to drop, need to do whatever they can to boost their odds of landing job interviews. Networking is the best approach.

By networking with your business contacts, you can learn about jobs in the hidden job market, the positions that never get listed on even the best employment websites. For instance, during a lunch meeting with a former co-worker, you might learn that a local company is expanding and needs to hire a new accounting staff.

Or maybe a past boss will arrange a face-to-face meeting with a hiring manager in your field. Such a meeting, and the recommendation that your former boss provides, will certainly give you an advantage when seeking work at this company.

Through LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter, you might receive several hot leads from people you once worked with or for, or from business leaders you’ve met at chamber of commerce or business-after-hour events in your community.

Simply put, without networking and without the help of business colleagues, your job search will be a far more difficult one.

Learning the Skills

Networking is a skill like all others; it’s one you’ll need to practice. So hit the social media sites, make some phone calls, and schedule a lunch meeting. The faster you start, the sooner you’ll start nabbing those hot job leads.

If you need help with your job search, sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today. We’ll provide you with the tips you need to find work in today’s challenging economy.

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