Utilising your professional network to find a new job is one of the best ways to discover great roles quickly and effectively. However, this can be daunting and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Who ‘counts’ as being in your professional network? Do you feel comfortable reaching out to them? How do you start? So many questions up in the air and ensuing uncertainty can make this step seem scary and may make you want to avoid it, but that first step is often the hardest. Identifying your network can be tricky, but our tips will help you find those who can guide you on your path to finding a new role.
1. Previous employers/colleagues – Those you’ve worked with in the past know your professional self and, if they know of any opportunities going, they will know whether you would be a good fit for the role and company. Reaching out to trusted previous colleagues/employers is a prime example of utilising your existing professional network.
2. LinkedIn – Whether you worked with your LinkedIn connections in the past, have met them at various events or are simply connected via mutual industry interests, professionals understand professionals and will often give a hand where they can. Favours redeem favours and equally build relationships. Even if your connection doesn’t know of any roles going, they will be likely to keep an ear out in case anything comes up or may even recommend you to their own connections. Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth!
3. Recruitment Companies – Recruiters’ sole focus is helping you find the perfect role in a good company. They want the best for you, the best for the company and are there to help you understand the job transition process. As experts in the job hunting industry, they will not only help you to find the perfect role, but they can help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have about changing careers.
These connections should be your first port of call when looking for a new job. No matter what industry you’re seeking to break into, it’s often not just what you know, but who you know that can get you there. Taking the first step isn’t always easy, but once you start reaching out to your professional network, you may find opportunities come to you a lot quicker. Make sure to keep an up to date resume and references prepared in case you get contacted at any time.
For further information and advice, contact our recruitment team at Granite Consulting.