As you`ve probably heard, most people get jobs through people they know. The obvious follow-up questions are
- Who do you know that can help?
- How can you get the word out?
Who Do You Know That Can Help?’
EVERYONE IS A POTENTIAL JOB LEAD. Don’t discriminate. Don’t neglect a connection because “they don’t know anyone who can help me”. They might have a great relationship with their boss, who CAN HELP you. They might be related to someone who CAN HELP you. They might be dating someone who CAN HELP you. You need to get your message out to EVERYONE in your network. Indirectly, they may be able to connect you to someone who can get you a job. Check out this email that I received two days ago from a friend of mine.
Ron, I just talked to this person – she’s about to graduate MBA from Stanford and is looking to join some small, consumer-oriented online startup in NYC, and will be here in July. I barely know her and she has one summer’s history of working on internet before – prior to that, she was doing government stuff in DC. She does seem pretty driven though.
How Can You Get the Word Out?
1. Make your CAREER OBJECTIVES known
Gotta Mentor makes it easy way for you to outline and share your career objectives with your network.
Click here to outline and share your career objectives
2. ASK FOR HELP the right way
You cannot be afraid to ask people for help. There is a right way and a wrong way to do this. When sending a request for help, you need to make sure that you include the following:
Þ Specific objective
Þ Demonstrated interest
Þ Two options for assistance
Click here to find out how to make the Ask
3. Use SOCIAL MEDIA
There are countless number of social media applications that you can use to both get the word out and position yourself better.
Click here for a roadmap on how to use social media to create job leads