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Ways to Network Your Way to a New Job Faster
copyright © by Kevin Donlin
The best jobs -- as many as 70-80% according to some figures -- usually aren't advertised.
And the jobs that
are advertised often trigger a flood of resumes, pitting you against hundreds
of other candidates for a single opening.
Instead, you should focus most of your job search efforts on cracking the "hidden" job market. And the best way to do that is to expand your network of professional contacts.
"Networking for a job change or to get off unemployment is nearly essential, since people -- not computers -- hire other people," says Matt Noah, CEO of Chanhassen, MN-based, NetSuds.com, a firm that helps professionals build and enhance their network of contacts.
Here are three ways you can network better and find your next job faster.
"Typically, the more focused the event, the better," says Noah. "If you are a plumber, don't go to an electrician's trade show, for example. And size matters -- events are popular and well-attended if they provide value to the people in attendance."
So, attend well-focused, popular events. You can find them advertised in trade journals, the business section of the Sunday paper, or search for them online at www.google.com
You'll find job clubs all around you. Contact your local library, church, community groups and state employment agency for help in contacting one or more that suit your needs.
If your city publishes a free employment weekly newspaper, be sure to check the announcements section to find job clubs; you may also find them listed in your phone book.
Focus on your unique combination of specific skills, knowledge and experience.
Example pitch: "I'm a tech support professional with five years of helpdesk experience. I've encountered and solved just about every problem imaginable. Before that, I completed officer's training as an ROTC student while earning my MIS degree. This gives me a broader range of technical, leadership and problem-solving skills than most folks."
According to marketing expert Larry Chase at www.larrychase.com, "I find people appreciate it when you can deliver your pitch in less time than they anticipated. It telegraphs that you are clearly focused and waste no time getting to the point."
So get out there and attend industry events, join a job club and create a 30-second sound bite for yourself. Doing so will help you find -- and get -- the 70-80% of jobs that are filled by networking.
Best of luck to you!
Kevin Donlin is Managing Editor of 1 Day Resumes. The 1DR writers provide same-day, one-on-one resume writing assistance. He is also author of "Resume and Cover Letter Secrets Revealed," a do-it-yourself manual that will help you find a job in 30 days ... or your money back. For more information, click here.