After spending the weekend in Las Vegas at the CMRA conference for regional magazines we’ve confirmed a few things….Print is not dead! (though we dorky editors love the printed T-shirts declaring our demise). Justin Beiber is not easy to spot, in a sea of posers and NETWORKING is possibly your most valuable tool for getting or keeping a job. Unless you’ve done something important like discovered the cure for cancer, your contacts and relationships are key to your success.
But who are we to give career advice? Her are some simple strategies from Nancy Longo’s Career Zone, to make sure your job search and career path are heading in the right direction. Whether you’re a new grad and trying to decide between a summer of train jumping versus getting a job or an empty nester ready to get back in the game, here are some great tips from Nancy’s files on the importance of networking, when trying to get a new job.
Networking is a common synonym for developing and maintaining contacts and personal connections with a variety of people who might be helpful to you and your career.
Experts say the majority of job openings are never advertised, and it’s critical that job-seekers have a network of contacts — a career network — that can provide support, information, and job leads.
Here are some important aspects of network etiquette, from the book, “A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market”:
Know your purpose for networking. Job seekers waste their contact’s time when they don’t really know what they want to do, where they want to work or how the contact might be helpful to them.
Do your homework. Don’t ask your contacts questions that could easily be answered by doing a little basic research.
Don’t act desperate. Your contacts will be much more willing to help someone who is confident and capable.
Listen. When someone is kind enough to offer you job advice, listen attentively. Write your contact a thank-you note and include something that tells your contact you listened.
Respect your contact’s time. Don’t drop into a contact’s office uninvited and when you call a current or prospective member of your network, always ask if he has time to talk