Your personal connections can lead to your next job
80% of jobs postings are filled from personal connections (not online applications). So who should you connect with? And how do you build and navigate your personal network for the job opportunities?
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In the year 2022, we find ourselves more connected than ever, due to social media and the internet. My parents, some aunts and uncles and even friends have found themselves not really trusting social media because they've heard about awful experiences some have had.
But, if we spend so much of our time on the internet, talking to people, looking for jobs, doing our jobs, why not use it to our advantage?
Check out @Kai Dickerson article on How your social media activity impacts your job search.
It's very common for people to find job opportunities from friends and colleagues. Hiring managers want employees that have been vetted by trusted sources.
Did you know you can CONNECT with people here on Jobcase? This is an easy way to keep track of the helpful folks you meet here.
If you see someone you want to CONNECT with, go to their profile, and click the connect button. Yes, it's that easy. #connections
It’s hard to ask for a reference, let alone trying to figure out who could best position you to get the job, right? I have friends that have had bad experiences when they have a family member or a friend step in to vouch for them. I have always told them it can get risky very fast, so it’s not something I would recommend.
But who does that leave you with, if you haven’t worked with someone long enough, or if you are looking for a job while still employed?
If you want to find out who makes for great references, check out the following article about Who should I ask to be my reference?. It’s a great resource for anyone who might not know who to ask. #references #jobreference #jobs #application #joboffer
If you’re just at the very beginning of your career, it might seem daunting to build your network from scratch. Here are some great tips to get going:
- Identify your passion: find a specific association where you can develop more professional networks
- Ask for introductions: Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, and former classmates to connect you with relevant people in your niche. Besides, the connection made through a mutual friend is often strong and long-lasting.
- Be where your network is: Where do the people in your industry socialize? Are they spending more time in online job communities? Or do they tend to meet up in person more?
- Create an online presence: Another benefit of creating an online presence is that people will also come to you. You can write posts and interact in Jobcase community.
- Give before you take: An important aspect of using your professional network to help you with your successful career is to give before you take. While everyone expects to be asked for help, adding value first can have a significant impact. Once you have helped them successfully, they’ll likely be eager to return the favor.
Ever ask yourself who you can use as your reference? Or, if you even need one? Let me tell you that most companies will ask for a few references and being able to provide them or not could be the deciding factor.
My good friend from high school was always very shy at the beginning of her career, she never worked to build a network so when she applied for jobs, she always left references blank. She never really got the offers she wanted for a long time, or any offers, until she started asking and getting people to agree to be a reference for her.
But, how many is a good number to have? And who can you tap into to help elevate your application?
Check out this great article @Kai Dickerson wrote on Who to use as a reference and why they can make or break your job application. You will find answers to all your questions about references and more. #jobreference #jobsearch #interview #application #resume
1. Work-related references
- Managers you have recently worked with: Managers have authority and usually understand what employers are looking for. If you have a good relationship with a current or previous manager, consider asking them to be your reference.
- Work colleagues who understand your previous role: Work colleagues often make good references because they've had an ongoing working relationship with you. They've seen you on a day-to-day basis and can comment on your personal qualities, responsibilities, teamwork, and any tasks you may have performed.
2. School or training references
- Academic professionals who know your capabilities: Professors and teachers are reputable references. They may have taught you or worked side-by-side in a research project.
3. Character references
- It's not uncommon for job seekers to include character references in their resumes. If you don’t have three quality work-related or academic references, you can call people who know you from outside work.
Who have you asked for job references in the past?