What is networking?
Networking is a way of leveraging your personal and business connections to ensure you have a growing source of new business.
In an employment/job hunt sense, it is a way of constructing links with past employers, friends, family and other people or groups whom may not today, but in the future could build into valuable connections in your pursuit for work.
The principal is based on the fact that at the end of the day, you won’t who may know who and what important information the person next to you in your group of friends, family and associates that may know about a company or industry where you would like to find work.
Your hairdresser may have a family friend who owns a business and are looking for staff.
You cousin/uncle may know someone who knows someone that is looking for an employee to hire.
It is a known fact that many jobs are filled because of connections. The last resort many employers go to is putting an advertisement out on Seek or in the newspaper. Their first approach to hiring someone will be internal through their networks.
The cost of hiring staff is high and there are recruitment and advertising costs along with the time involved in interviewing candidates.
Spread the word around that you are out there and available. If your connections know this, your name should be the first up on the list if they are asked if they know anyone who is looking for work.
An employer would prefer to employ someone that is referred by another person that they trust!!
Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions
BComm(Econs), GradCert (CE&D)
Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist & Resume Writing Expert. With over 7 years’ experience in Recruitment, Employment Services and Corporate Training, Matthew has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in resume writing, interview skills, job searching strategies, selection criteria writing and career planning. His approach to resume writing is to actually sell the individual, shine a light on their best qualities and powerfully market them to prospective employers.
Matthew holds a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development and a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics.