Archive for November, 2014
It is inevitable. Over the next month and until January 1st you will find yourself at numerous events where you can and should be networking. And yes, that includes gatherings with family and friends as well as those corporate holiday events.
Many jobs are never posted or posted only after an individual who has networked their way in has solidified his/her place as the candidate to beat. Don’t let that happen to you. You have to socialize anyway – you might as well make it productive towards your career goals and aspirations. That simple conversation with Uncle so-and-so’s second cousin may get you the inside track to your next opportunity.
Referrals are the key to get your application noticed and get you in the door for an interview. So as you go to these events, network.
Whether you are looking or not, it is awesome to get a call from a recruiter. This means someone in your network recommended you or that the recruiter found your online brand impressive to take the time to reach out to you.
But after you are done patting yourself on the back, make sure that being flattered does not lead you down a path that you are not interested in or suited for. Yes, any recruiter will be thorough and ask you a number of questions to see if your qualifications match – but it is your job to make sure that the opportunity interests you. Ask questions – here are a few we suggest:
A recent study from Gallop reveals that while 58 percent of U.S. full- and part- time workers are completely satisfied with their job security – the question remains, what is wrong with the other two in five American workers? Are they paranoid or really in danger of losing their jobs?
They may be on to something as the end of a year and beginning of a new one sometimes comes businesses taking a step back, examining their accomplishments and misfires, and developing a new budget. Change tends to come every year, and like it or not – your employment status may be one of those changes.
And often change is in the air – it is not hard to see the signs if you are aware (not paranoid, but mindful), including: