Networking is the process of using currently existing or newly developed acquaintances to help in your job search.
Statistics show that:
When a company has an opening, most hiring managers will start their search by asking fellow employees if they know any good candidates. If you come to someone's mind because you have effectively networked, you will have a greater chance of being considered for positions that are never even posted.
Through your networking, you contact employers and other potentially helpful individuals directly. A networking contact can provide industry information, notify you of openings, or even supply you with the names of individuals who might be able to assist you.
Networking is not a one time event. It is a continuous process. It is never too early to start networking. Over time, your network will expand and multiply. The sooner you start, the sooner you can build a network that is effective enough to obtain employment possibilities.
Virtually anyone can be in your network. Naturally, the people closest to you (like relatives and friends) are the best place to start. It's not just about who you know, it's about who THEY know!
Begin by listing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of contacts who might be helpful in your job search. The following is a sample of categories from which to obtain names.
|Parent's Friends||Former Employers||Former Co-workers|
Constantly update these names and try to stay in contact with them. When you meet someone new, be sure to ask them if it would be okay if you contact them in the future, and add them to your contact list. If someone gives you a business card - they're on the list. Then, when the time comes that you are seriously looking for employment, begin by contacting those with whom you are most familiar.
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As you contact these people, your objective will be to obtain information on potential employment opportunities.
Initial Phone Contact
"Hi, I'm Holly Jones, a marketing student at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I received your contact information from the Alumni Database. I'm not calling for a job - I would like to ask you some career-related questions about the Seattle advertising market and your position as a marketing director. Your professional insight will assist me with my job search. If you are not free at this time, I'd be happy to set up another time to talk briefly in person or over the phone."
Depending on how the conversation progresses, be prepared with well-developed questions based on research you have already done and be prepared to discuss why you have an interest in that industry. Remember to speak clearly and show enthusiasm to make up for the lack of non-verbal communication.
Email or Letter Contact
After a Class Presentation
"Hi, I'm Holly Jones. Thank you for coming in to talk to our class about marketing in the digital age. It's really interesting to see the connection between what we are learning in class and how marketing is managed from those dealing with these real issues every day. I'd like the chance to learn more about today's topic and especially about your company. Would you mind if I followed up with a few more questions via email in the future? May I have your business card?"
When Introduced at a Business Meeting, Career Fair or Social Event
The key is to ask a lot of questions about the person with whom you are sitting. Converse about topics that are important to that person, however, at the appropriate time, let the person know about your background and future plans. Again, do not monopolize conversations. Your purpose should be to get this person on your team.
"I'll be graduating from BYU-Idaho in July with a BS in Communication and an emphasis in Public Relations. I have some PR-related experience creating press releases as part of my internship at Top Marketing, where I also participated in planning their annual sales event. Currently I'm seeking a PR position, possibly in event management."
Responding to "We Don't Have Any Jobs Openings Now"
"That's okay. I am really interested in talking with you about your role within the firm, your career path and advice you would have for someone who plans to pursue public accounting."
Remember that although your ultimate goal is to secure employment, that networking is about making lasting connections and great impressions - so when an opportunity becomes available, you are the first person they think about.