Networking in Job Search

Most people find jobs by mainly looking for positions posted online. But do you know that 80% of jobs are filled through networking?

In job search, networking is building relationships and using these relationships to find new job opportunities. It is the best way to find job because people do business with people they know and like.

Most jobs are never advertised to the public. They are filled by word of mouth. Hiring for a new position is time consuming and costly. So many companies want to use internal candidates or referrals from employees.

Below are some tips for job search networking:

  • Keep track of your contacts

  • Be proactive: networking does not come up by itself. You need to be active and make sure you get out and meet people.

  • Prepare to sell in networking event: prepare to explain well who you are and what you do.

  • Make use of social network

Make use of social network to find job vacancies, get advice and guidance in your job search:

  • A LinkedIn account will help you with your job search by building up your career network. LinkedIn is a site for professional networking. You can use it to connect and network with other professionals, get advice from experts in your industry and search for new job opportunities.

  • Twitter: use hashtags such as #jobs, #jobtips, #jobadvice.

  • Blogs: there are many blogs which provide tips and advice for job seeker from recruiters.