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Job Seekers: Leverage the Human Network

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When you submit an application or resume via a webpage, who does it go to? WHO KNOWS?!? Is the computer hiring you; is the computer a decision maker; does the computer have the ability to access your “fit” within the organization? The answer is no - PEOPLE make the decisions. The quick and dirty of recruitment is simple, it’s the people you know that help land you jobs.

While it may feel easier to apply for a larger number of jobs located on job boards, reports on the effectiveness of the HUMAN network:

How Effective Is Networking?
  1. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that 94 percent of successful job hunters claimed that networking had made all the difference for them.
  2. Sixty to 90 percent of jobs are found informally - mainly through friends, relatives, and direct contacts. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 63.4 percent of all workers use informal job finding methods.
  3. Mark S. Granovetter, a Harvard sociologist, reported to Forbes magazine that "informal contacts" account for almost 75 percent of all successful job searches. Agencies find nine percent of new jobs for professional and technical people, and advertisements yield another 10 percent or so.
So, the question begs to be asked….how do you showcase your skills in front of the right people?

Consider an Internship or Volunteer
Becoming an intern or volunteer will help you get your foot in the door. Once you are in the door, it is up to you to “wow” them and become indispensable. Make the most of your time showcasing your skills, ethics, and initiative. Already being on staff greatly increases the opportunity for full time employment; your face and work product are in the hands of potential decision makers on a daily basis. In addition, many jobs are posted “in-house” before they are announced externally, so you have the automatic jump on new positions. It’s a win-win scenario.

Consider a Speaking Engagement
Seek out opportunities to share your industry knowledge. Trade associations are always looking for speakers at their local, regional, and even national conferences. Speaking is a great way to establish yourself as an industry expert, which gives you great credibility in the job market. Don’t pass up opportunities to speak at your community college, high school or vo-tech campus as well. In addition to increased experience and comfort in front of others, the more times you speak, the greater volume of potential career leads you will generate.

Consider Writing a Blog, or Article for Your Local Paper or Trade Magazine
Writing offers multiple avenues to expand your network. You can choose to write an industry article, and interview business execs at your targeted employers. Writing an article gives you an “in” with the execs, and gives you immediately credibility in your field. Writing also extends your networking reach, as your blog or article’s reach is virtually limitless once it hits the world wide web.

You need to think outside the box and extend your networking options beyond a computerized applicant tracking system. Seek out the power of your human connections for career leads to land your next job.
If you would like assistance crafting your career transition social profile, resume, and communication skills - Regal Resumes can help. Tune in to ROJS News on Blog Talk Radio this Sunday at 11am EST for additional networking tips. Contact us at or 1-800-989.8810.

Guest Writing for Regal Resumes, LLC. - Jolaine Jackson, SPHR, IPMA-CP
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