Landing a job in today’s competitive job market requires a multidirectional approach. It seems that it’s no longer enough to just send a CV and wait for an answer - no matter how well-written the CV is. As a jobseeker, you should focus your efforts on cultivating mutually rewarding relationships with key professionals in your field, networking your way to your dream job.
Networking, which one of the most effective job search techniques, ties up well with creating opportunities through planned happenstance. Taking advantage of available opportunities wherever and whenever will definitely help you increase your chances of finding a job. This becomes even more important when you are seeking for employment in a specific company that hasn’t even advertised the position you are interested in yet!
So, let’s go over some vital tips to building and maintaining a professional network to help you land a job before it is even advertised:
#1 Create an Elevator Speech
The first thing you need is an elevator speech that refers to a one-minute speech that aims to set you apart from the competition by presenting you and your key strengths. The speech or ‘pitch’ provides you with the opportunity to introduce yourself so talk a bit about what you do and how you do it. Also, when planning on what to say, make sure that you are clear about your short and long-term goals as this shows you are being assertive, confident and that you know what you want out of your career.
#2 Share Stories
Storytelling your success stories can help you demonstrate how you have come to develop the skills you possess as well as essential qualities of your personality. Think of stories that effectively illustrate your problem solving skills, teamwork, initiative and leadership and try to quantify the results of your work. A number is easier to remember so when you are networking, provide details on how you helped your company develop.
#3 Ask people to vouch for you
Start by networking with the people who are in your most immediate circle and are able to recognise your skills, and ask them to vouch for you if possible. Members of your family, friends and ex-coworkers can actually introduce you to their connections and, therefore, help you expand your professional network. Not only that, they might already know someone who is looking for a candidate who possess similar skills and educational background to you and be able to recommend you for the position.
#4 Identify and Contact Organisations
Search for organisations that need your skills and talent and contact them in any way possible. Learn if they are going to be present at a networking event and make your plans, approach them and introduce yourself or send them an email and ask for an informational interview. Even if there aren’t any job openings, they might also want to meet you to discuss future employment opportunities.
#5 Be persistent
Networking takes time, that’s why you need to be patient and persistent at the same time. Other people are as busy as you are so it is basically your responsibility to stand out and distinguish yourself from the competition. So make sure you keep in touch with your contacts and continuously remind people in a polite and courteous way that you are available.
The secret to getting a job before it is even advertised is constantly working on your networking skills and strengthening your professional network. An excellent way to do it is through LinkedIn, so try it out and check out how you are connected! If you succeed, you might even be looking towards getting a personal referral that will bring you one step closer to your career goal!
If you are a jobseeker, how are you planning to build and maintain your network? Have you ever managed to land a job before it was even advertised? How did you do it? Let us know in the comment section below!