Well, when it is about securing a job of your want, the last thing that you would probably want is to snail around in its search. Things like, hesitation in inquiring from your colleagues to whom you have been no less of a stranger up until now or sending in resume-attached cold-mails to a company that doesn’t need any more employees at current may just add to the maze.
Here’s where the often under-practiced concept of building a healthy network comes into play. Well-established networks and long-nurtured relations with people can considerably quicken that search process and may even provide you with a hassle-free, favorable solution.
Having said that, networking is an art in itself. Not every one of you reading this might be acing at it or you wish to ameliorate, even so, if you are. Hence, we have this blog for you. Read along:
Few Reasons Networking is the Fastest Way to Get a Job
Now, you might have a huge network, or you might be thinking “I don’t really have any network at all.”
The Key is “Start today”, whatever may be the case, it’s never too late to start.
1. Leverage Your Time and Get People working for you. How can networking grab you a job?
Now, you must be thinking why anyone would take out the time to help me secure a job. The answer is referrals. Almost every established company has a great referral program in place to help recruiters find the best talent quickly and effectively. Referrals are an economical way of recruitment in a company. If we talk about senior-level positions, almost every big company hires consultants to close these positions and in such scenarios referrals can be a blessing in disguise.
The biggest challenge faced by companies is hiring fresh candidates who can deliver at the position and are trustworthy in a limited time frame. In cases like these, instead of releasing vacancies online, they prefer to hire a job-seeker through their ‘network sources’.
MNCs, including Cap Gemini, Wells Fargo, Deloitte, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc are heavily incentivising existing employees to find new recruits by giving away monetary benefits. For a successful referral, based on the position and experience of the candidate, companies are paying between 5,000 to 100,000 called a referral bonus. In many cases to foster diversity in hiring, if the referred employee is a woman, an additional sum is being paid.
The reason behind this is employees tend to understand the company culture better than recruitment agencies. When they refer someone to the company, they will be able to judge precisely if they are suitable or not. The chances of longevity are high for people who come through the employee referral, especially because they are working with like-minded folks.
Additionally, this kind of referral process also adds savings for the company. Companies tend to end up paying more to get a candidate through the placement agency. Incentivising staff will not only boost their morale but also speak about the company’s culture.
Time is the biggest constraint in a typical job search.
There’s only one of you. And there are only 24 hours in the day.
So the biggest limiting factor in your job search is usually your time and energy. So, When you use your network and have other people referring you to companies, thinking about how they can earn more at the same time helping you … you’re eliminating this roadblock.
Now multiple people are putting time, effort, and thought into getting YOU hired.
Now that you see networks can land you in a cubicle for real, let us find out how you can establish them in the first place!
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How to Use Networking to Find a Job
If you don’t have a big network or if you just graduated and are looking for your first job after college, you might not have a huge network. That’s okay. we’ll walk you through what to do. You can also use these steps if you have a huge, well-developed network.
But you should still start with whatever network you have.
Including Friends, Classmates from school, Family members, Family members of good friends, Former college professors, and academic advisors, Former managers/bosses from any internships or part-time jobs you’ve held
Step 1: Tell People You’re Job Searching- If someone doesn’t know you’re job hunting, they can’t help. Post it on LinkedIn, Instagram Facebook. Get the word out!
Step 2: Approach People to Get Help Finding a Job- Don’t approach somebody you haven’t talked to in 2 years asking for direct help. Tell them you’re job searching and ask for advice, or ask a question. This works for cold-approaching strangers on LinkedIn too, at companies you want to work for.
Example first message:
Quick question – I saw you used to work at Apple. Would you recommend their Marketing group? I recently graduated with my degree in Marketing, and Apple is one of the top firms on my list, but I always like to ask someone who has direct experience with a company what they thought of the environment.”
Now <name> would respond and give you his opinion.
And after this, you can let the conversation continue a bit, and then ask for help finding a job or getting an interview more directly.
After a few back-and-forth messages, you could send this:
“Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it. I’m going to apply. I know a top company like Apple must receive a lot of applications online though, so I did think to ask before sending anything – do you happen to be in touch with any of the hiring managers or HR people over there still who you might be able to make a casual introduction to?”
That’s how to let it flow naturally into a conversation with someone who you messaged out of the blue, or someone you already know but aren’t close with or haven’t talked to recently.
Step 3: Repeat the Process
Go through your network, making sure people know you’re job hunting.
Approach people to ask if they can connect you to certain companies. Try to do your research and have an idea which companies they’ve worked with, etc. Instead of just saying, “Can you help me get any job at all?”
That’s not nearly as good as saying, “I saw you worked at XYZ Company… I was wondering if…”
And just keep repeating. If your network is small and you run out of people, use the above scripts to cold-approach people on LinkedIn. Build your network further!
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Some quick Rules to Follow when Networking to Find a Job:
1. In general, don’t come right out of the gate asking for a big favor to a stranger, or an acquaintance you don’t know very well- This includes asking for an introduction right away, asking them to look at your resume/CV, or attaching your resume/CV into an email. Don’t do that!
2. Ask questions and make it a real conversation.
3. Show appreciation.
4. Strengthen social connections– Add relevant connections to your social circles, especially on LinkedIn. Keep posting relevant content to show recruiters and other prominent people your skills and thought processes.
5. Attend events and seminars
Expand your networks by getting exposure to public events such as retreats, business events, job fairs, web/seminars, etc.
You will see all kinds of people out there ranging from job-seekers to job-doers to business-owners. Try to indulge in frank conversation without being totally professional and develop a cordial bond. Exchange contact information and business cards with others. You never know when these exchange of words or cards might prove to be of use.
6. Do and return favors
Don’t invariably wait at the receiving end rather be the one who offers help and does favors to others. Inform others about any sources or jobs that you feel might do them good. Be willing to help. Always. You never know when someone might return the favor and recommend you.
We hope that we’re able to justify the need for networking in today’s world and teach you something
Thanks for reading 🙂