It’s all about positive networking
At some stage in your career, you will almost certainly be looking for a new job. This may be because you’re not truly satisfied in your current job, or simply because you’re unemployed. I haven’t met many people who say that they enjoy the job search process, which is unfortunate, as the search for a new job should be all about renewal, progress and self-growth.
There are job searchers who take a long time to secure a new job and those who manage to find a new job quite quickly and without too much effort or stress. If you look at the typical character traits of successful job seekers, there tends to be a common theme amongst the way they handle themselves and their search.
Here are 6 common traits:
1. Self awareness
3. Commercial acumen
5. Positive attitude
Ask yourself, and perhaps those close to you, how many of those traits you possess and what you might need to develop them further. You may even be able to help someone else develop the traits.
It continues to amaze me how narrowly some people structure their job search. There are those who answer job ads that they see in the newspaper or on internet job sites, then there are those who send their CV to employment agencies and wait to receive a call offering them their perfect job opportunity. Obviously these are vital components of a successful job search strategy, however they are not the way that most people find a new job.
So, what are some of the other key components of a successful job search strategy?
1. Networking with friends/family/ex-colleagues
2. Networking at industry events
3. Direct approach to potential employers
4. Job classifieds (both print and online)
5. Recruitment Firms
In summary, the success rate of your job search increases greatly when you utilise the 5 methods described in this lesson. In regards to networking, don’t ever underestimate the power of showing your face and saying hello. The person you’ve just met may not have the job opportunity you’re looking for, but you should always be conscious of the ‘6 degrees of separation’ principle.
Everybody knows someone, who knows someone else, who knows someone else, and so on. If you follow this principle and always make a positive impression on the next person you’re referred to, you may well end up meeting the person who has the opportunity that you’re looking for. The key to an effective job search is to keep your ear to the ground and maintain momentum. Stay in the traffic, but take the time to step back on to the kerb once in a while to reassess your direction. Your challenge is to avoid the traffic congestion and find the less travelled route to your destination. Have you ever left home an hour early to drive to work and been rewarded with a smoother, faster, and easier journey? – I rest my case.