Many people use online job boards as their sole job search technique. Unfortunately, statistics show that only 10-20% of jobs are ever published— that means that 80-90% of jobs remain hidden in the job market. For this reason, networking remains the number one job search strategy.
Networking is simply getting information or developing contacts from people you know.
Networking is an appropriate professional activity. It is also an exchange of information; the most successful networkers view the process as relationship building and not a transaction. When you develop a networking contact you may not have any pertinent information to share with them immediately, however, you can always offer your help in the future.
Who do I connect with?
Possible networking sources include:
- Family, friends, and neighbors
- Tulane Alumni
- Professional, community, religious, political, or social organizations
- Faculty, advisors, staff members
- Current and former classmates
- Current and former employers and co-workers
How do I network?
- Decide what market, function, and industry you are going to target; make sure you can clearly explain your objectives.
- Make a list of your A – Level Contacts. Do not eliminate people because they do not seem to be in the right industry or field. They might know someone who is. These referrals will be B – Level Contacts.
- Call or email your contacts, be specific about what you’re looking for, and ask if they know anyone who could help you with advice, information, or referral.
- When you apply for jobs, always use LinkedIn to search for anyone you may have a connection with at a company or in a specific industry.