You have probably heard it said repeatedly that networking is the best job search method. That is a true statement, but if you don’t know how to motivate your network to help you, you could still find yourself jobless even when you have a good network of people to call on.
So why wouldn’t your network help you? Read on to find out.
1) You haven’t reached out to them. This may seem rather basic, but if you don’t people in your network to let them know how they can help you, they can’t help you. It’s possible that you haven’t reached out to them because you don’t know what to say or you are embarrassed to ask for help. Just remember that most people find their jobs through their networks, so swallow your pride and ask for help. You may be able to return the favor later.
2) You have not clearly articulated to them what you are looking for. In this scenario, you have contacted people in your network, but you only gave them a fuzzy idea of the type of position that you are seeking. That means that they can’t be on the lookout for a position for you because they don’t know what they are looking for. If you only told them that you need a job, and you didn’t give them a specific job title, they will not know where to start in terms of lending assistance with your job search.
3) You are putting too much pressure on them. In this case you have reached out to your contacts and you have articulated what you are looking for, but you are over-relying on a few people in your network to find a job for you. One thing you definitely do not want to do is burn out your network. You need to periodically check in with your network, but don’t overdo it. This will cause your networking contacts to avoid you.
4) You haven’t stayed in touch. This is the opposite of number three. You may have initially made contact with your network once you decided to embark upon a job search, but you did not follow up with your network to stay top of mind. Although you don’t want to overdo it when it comes to staying in touch, you also don’t want to underdo it. Finding the right balance can sometimes be a challenge.
5) You haven’t made it easy for them to help you. Out of all the reasons why your network won’t help you, this is the trap that most job seekers fall into. Generally speaking, people in your network would like to help you. But they are busy. If you haven’t made it easy for them to help you, you won’t receive their help, no matter how good their intentions are. So how do you make it easy for your networking contacts to help you? First, you can identify companies that you want to work for and then contact those people in your network who either work there or have worked there. Then you can ask them about openings. Two, using LinkedIn, you can search for jobs and then search for people in your network who can give you information about the hiring manager for that open position. When you contact people in your network, you can send them the job opening and then ask them to find out who the hiring manager is, and if appropriate, your contact can put in a good word for you.
As you can see, there are things that you can do to help your network help you. If you aren’t doing these things, it is clear now why your network hasn’t been much help.
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