Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know?”
Well right now we are going to show you exactly how to get in touch with the right who. It is a fact that most great jobs never get posted. They are handed out to the people who know people at the company. So how can you be one of those people who know people?
In a word, network!
Success magazine says that 80% of jobs are never posted or advertised. Most people get their job from someone they know. So, if you don’t know people who have great jobs, or work in great companies, you are out of the majority of the market.
So, how do you get to know people that will offer you jobs?
Get out more!
Do everything you can to meet more people. Volunteer, go to ball games, join a hiking group, take a class do something that will put you in touch with the people who know about the jobs you want. Who do you go to church with? What are the parents of your children’s friends? Are you in a social club, mastermind group, elks lodge or cult? These people are your best resource when it you want to find a great job. In this article by Randall S. Hansen, he offers a great way to organize your networking.
This is still the best way to get a job. You have to be able to stand in front of someone and leave a good impression. You have to look people in the eye, shake hands and be polite. You need to act in public the way your grandparents acted in public. You should dress like you want to be something more than what you are right now.
Networking is as much about getting in front of the right people as it is about who you are while you are standing there.
Networking doesn’t happen when you want it to. It happens when someone drops something in front of you, when you are in the stands and don’t know the people behind you and when you are at the store with your friends. Understand that you are always networking, whether you know it or not.
This is the step that most people leave out. The numbers say that you will probably leave this part of the process out. 75% of the people who read this, won’t change how they speak, dress or act in public. To the 25% who will, keep reading, to the rest of you, don’t bother.
Social media is a tool, not the golden key. If you are employable, you can use social media to get on the radar of the people who will hire you, but if your social media account is full of trash, you have killed your chances of getting hired.
Every company looks at the social media account of potential hires, and often times they find the worst in the candidates they are looking at. Update every image to something professional, including your picture. Check your by-line. If it says “24/7 partygirl!” don’t expect a call back. Look at your last months worth of posts, are they professional? If not get busy cleaning it up.
After you are sure that your Mardi Gras pictures are sufficiently cleared from your account, here are some hacks that will help you make good connections.
This is the number one professional recruitment social media account you can be on. Think of it as a living resume of your experience and ability and a super collection of everybody who is connected to the companies you want to work for! The places you want to work are on Linkedin, you should be too.
Do a search on your dream company and you will find people in your circle who work there, who have done projects there or people who know people who work there! This will show you exactly who to talk to about getting hired. These are the people that know about the next great job opportunity, so connect with them. Talk to them when you see them, tell them you found out they worked there, ask what you need to do to become a candidate for the next job. Don’t be surprised when they say, “Wow, we are actually looking to hire someone right now.” Make sure you have a killer resume ready to go at that moment!
This is, by far the number one social media tool for getting hired. If you aren’t using it, start today!
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The power of Facebook is in the groups, but not how you think. You can join the now hiring, and job hunting groups and find jobs, but these are the equivalent of the classified section of newspapers. Remember, most good jobs don’t get posted. If you are waiting for a job offer to come to you, you will get what nobody else wants.
Join groups that include the people and companies that you want to associate with. If you are a roofer, don’t wait for a job to open on the roofing job group that has 23,000 members all looking for work. You want to connect with that company BEFORE they give out all of the good jobs.
Join the roofing company owners group. Look for the roofing sales groups. Then, get involved. Show off your knowledge of roofing by helping people, starting conversations and providing value.
This leads to more opportunities than you can imagine.
Twitter can be tough, if you don’t know this one hack. It is hard to filter through the endless stream of tweets to find the one that matters. And, if you aren’t following the people who are hiring you’ll never know when they hire, right?
This one hack will help you see the job opportunities from anyone, follower or not. It takes time for this to work, but it does work.
In the search bar type this . . .
“hiring a ______” or “looking for a ______” or “need a _______”
Make sure you include the quotation marks, and in the blank, write what you do. You will find quite a few results but if you pick through you will find the person who is “hiring a roofer” or “looking for a roofer” or “needs a roofer.”
Then just reply to them, telling them how interested you are, with a link to your Linked-in page.
This is something you can do in two minutes, but remember, you have to have a good/clean Twitter page.
If you will implement even one of these tips you will swim upstream in the job search river. You will find more job opportunities. You will meet the people who hire. And you will find a better job!