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Networking is a form of referrals. They provide an opportunity to create interest and excitement before you even show up for an interview. Utilize networking tools as much as possible.
Use what you got…
The Definition of Referral:
an act of referring someone or something for consultation, review, or further action.
• a person whose case has been referred to a specialist doctor or a professional body.
We readily recommend restaurants, movies, cosmetics, mechanics etc. Why wouldn’t someone recommend someone else for a job?
- Most people would rather hire someone who’s done business with someone they know… most of us want some assurance that we will get our money’s worth
- It’s a natural phenomenon that if you are good at what you do and can produce results word gets around
- It’s human nature to tell others about the good and bad experiences we’ve had
- It’s the way business used to be … when running a business meant serving a community of people you knew, trading with customers who were your friends and your friends’ friends
- Getting referral business begins with the understanding that there are people out there who want your services or products as badly as you want to work for them Networking is about putting the two together
Advantages of using networking for job finding
- Referred applicants/prospects are typically a much better prospect as they know the industry and the job functionality.
- The referred applicant already has a connection to the company or an inside track on what is needed to succeed in the position.
- Is more loyal
- Remains an employee longer
- Is more trusting
- Does not waste an erroneous amount of time like online job posting or advertising a position
- Referrals make it easier because they help to break the ice and remove some of the fear and distrust
- Referrals have already accepted you – you just have to get them excited about what a great job you can do for them
More and more Networking is becoming a great resource for finding a job. There is plenty of opportunity for you to network in person and online.
In person make sure you have a lot of energy and confidence. REFER to interview tips and SUCCESS Strategies to get you into a winning state. YOU want to make sure that what you have to say is of value and that you speak loudly and clearly enough to be heard. It is very IMPORTANT that what you say is remembered. It’s all about perspective!
TIP: Rather than talk about my duties and responsibilities, focus your answers on: your SUCCESSES, your CONTRIBUTIONS, RESULTS, your ACHIEVEMENTS, of your work. Add money figures, percentages, time figures, inventory controls, mention policies and procedures you created, Templates and Macros you used, operational efficiency suggestions etc. BE SPECIFIC. Use SMART (Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant in Time or Simple, Manageable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely), STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) or AIDA (Attention, Information, Desire, Action) to formulate your answers and always apply KISS (Keep It Simple and Short) when giving an answer.
Some great places to network in person include: Toastmasters, BNI, City Board of Trade’s, Industry recognized designations or associations, Gyms, Country Clubs, PMI sessions, cultural centers, religious centers, MEETUPS and more! BE BOLD say HELLO and start a conversation!
For online networking use: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Craigslist, Kijiji, Reddit, blogs, Gmail, Yahoo, fiverr, odesk, elance, scriplance, YouTube, online dating sites, Google and others. Do not be afraid to ask for a recommendation and for help. Be humble when asking for help and emphasize you need help breaking into the industry/company.
Get people that are referring you to give you feedback on your resume or anything that might help you with the individual that you are being referred to. The more you know the better prepared you are. Read up on interesting facts about their professional or other accomplishments. Do a Google search to try and have more to discuss with the person who is accepting you as a referral from someone.
MILK your resources as before you know it you will have job offers pouring in! As always I welcome observations/questions/thoughts