Networking is the primary method used by successful job seekers to find positions. It is estimated that 70% of all jobs are found through a personal contact, not through applications submitted via a job board or online application.
The benefits of networking are many and varied. It is common for jobs posted on a major website to receive dozens, sometimes hundreds of applications within hours of the posting. This creates a high level of competition with candidates, making it difficult for new hires to stand out from the crowd. Networking can help reduce the number of applications received and make it easier to differentiate yourself from the pack.
Another benefit is access to career advice and mentorship from individuals who can vouch for a candidate’s skills and proficiency in their domain. This is particularly helpful when a job seeker is looking for a position in a highly competitive industry or domain.
When attempting to network, it is important to remember that it is a process that takes time and effort. It is important not to rush into it with an agenda or a sense of urgency. The best way to approach those in your network is to ask how they can assist you and what you can do to help them. Most people are happy to give their advice, feedback and support when asked.
It is also important to remember that a person’s network doesn’t just consist of individuals in their professional circle. Many people have a secondary network consisting of their family, friends and acquaintances from other social organizations such as their church or recreational sports teams. These secondary networks can be helpful when trying to expand one’s connections. Networking for job seekers