Many people think that the only way to find jobs is to search online boards and blast your customized resume out to hundreds of openings, but being referred by an internal employee is the most helpful when it comes to landing your next job! Here are a few techniques to find contacts at the places you want to work at and how to reach out effectively to them.
When you are sending applications out to dozens of potential openings per week, chances are your resume is often ending up in what’s known as the application black hole - the space in time between applying for jobs and hearing back from potential employers. Unfortunately, many applications end up in this phase and don’t often get pulled out for consideration.
Having a contact at a company (current or former employee) will help tremendously in getting your foot in the door. An internal contact can help alert you of job openings that may not be publicly listed and can also personally mention your name to the hiring manager. Even mentioning your connection at the company in your cover letter or screening interview can help move you along the hiring process!
Here are a few strategies for finding connections at a company. Traditionally, the best contacts are ones that you have a connection with in your life. These individuals can be past coworkers, friends, family, neighbors, teachers, classmates, and so on. However, there are times where you are not sure if there is someone in your immediate network you can reach out to.
Contact a career services office.
If you are a student or recent graduate, career services or alumni offices typically have databases of alumni who are willing to help with networking opportunities.
Ask your friends and family.
Putting feelers out to friends and family is another great way to build connections. Let those around you know what company you are interested in applying to, the type of work you’re interested in and ask if they know of anyone who could help. They don’t have to be a close relation; just a name and email address would do.
When you’ve got the contacts you’ve identified that can help with your job search, extend a professional, concise message expressing your interest in the company and ask if they can help you with your job search journey.
Ask if they would be available for an informational interview to discuss the company, the role you are interested in, and how they were able to get into the position they are in. You can do this via Jobcase Casemail, email, or phone call.
Add your connections directly to your Jobcase profile.
With Jobcase’s People Search tool, you can easily search for people you know and sync your contacts to find and connect with people you know in real life. Add your personal contacts today and let the networking begin!
Never wait to form relationships.
Stay proactive and find people to meet with before there is a job opening available. Besides, hiring managers are always looking to hire the best talent! Think about what future opportunities you could be first in line for.
What other advice do you have for individuals trying to make connections?