The job search is always daunting, but the phrase, “It’s all about who you know,” is more prevalent than ever in today’s society. When looking for a new career path, there are a few things you should keep in mind, especially when networking with those around you. You have to remember that most people around you WANT you to succeed, and if they can be of any help to while you are searching, they will be. Take a look at the 4 things to consider when you look at your sphere of influence around you.
1. Involve Your Inner Circle
If you have found yourself in a rut at your current job or are out of work looking for a new career path, let your inner circle know. It is not uncommon to feel ashamed that you are looking for work, but don’t let those feelings stop you from making connections to help you find a new job. Switching career paths is so common, use your inner circle as means to network, bounce ideas off of, practice interviewing, or even help with updating your resume. If your friends and family know you are looking for work, they may know of an opportunity at their company or something in the community you weren’t aware of. Your inner circle can be a huge lifeline when looking for a new career path.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
Even of your inner circle knows you are looking for work, they may not know that you want their help. Don’t be afraid to ask confidants and contacts for employment leads. What a lot of job seekers don’t realize is that companies that run on a larger scale use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to sift through resumes. You have to imagine these companies get hundreds if not thousands of resumes a week for a single job opening. This means the competition is fierce and if you want a chance at that position you need to stand out. If you know someone who works with that specific company, and you have already applied, don’t be afraid to ask them for a referral. With ATS it is much harder to stand out in the crowd, maybe a confidant can help you breach the digital door and give you a leg up on the competition.
3. Continue to be Mentored
One of the hardest things about searching for a new job is the inevitable “rejection” that comes with the process. It is rare that you apply for one job and land that job…but if you do GOOD JOB! For the rest of us, who spend hours upon hours applying for jobs, going on interviews, and find ourselves getting the, “Thanks but no thanks,” response, take this as a mentoring opportunity. Whether you have a direct mentor or not, use these moments of feedback to develop your candidate persona into something irresistible to employers. Take each interview or correspondence as a learning opportunity. Secure your answers and feel even more confident with each interview you go on. Don’t be afraid to ask an employer why they chose to go with a different candidate, and how you could have improved in terms of your interview or resume. These small bits of feedback are sure to help develop your candidate persona along the way.
4. Prep Your References
This last tip may be a new one for you, but prepping your references may be a great strategy to move you to the front of the pack when interviewing for a position. Having a pool of references from different industries is ideal, that way you can base your references around the position you are hoping to land. Letting your references know ahead of time what the specific position is and core values the company looks for in a candidate can help you advance past other potential suitors. When you prep your reference, let them know what the company really values, for example: if the new company looks for communication, leadership, and strategic planning, your reference should be able to provide an example of when you participated in a task that required all three of those qualifications or characteristics. You and your reference should be on the same page as to the information they provide to your potential employer.
Utilize Your Inner Circle to Find your Next Career
With the above 4 tips, you are sure to find a new career path in no time. It is all about who you know and how you can utilize your inner circle and those around you to help in your search. Don’t be scared to ask for help, the people around you want to see you succeed!