Here is a fact most people should know – building a network of contacts can significantly help reduce the time you spend looking for a new job. When you think about it, it’s obvious. The more people you have helping you, the better chance you have of being successful. In fact, most people get their job through referrals. But how do you set about building your contact list?
Utilize what you already have
The easiest way is to start with a network most of us already have – our extended family and friends! For various reasons they may not know your situation, so tell them. Inform former work colleagues, local shop and business owners that you are on the market. By doing this you have significantly increased the number of people helping you in your job search. If two heads are better than one, how much better are lots of heads?
Find a local job club
Is there a local job club in your area? Not only is it a convenient place to carry out your job search that usually provides use of facilities and resources; you can meet others who can offer you support, encouragement and further contacts.
Join a recruitment agency
Or even better, join several employment agencies. Accepting short term or temporary contracts is an excellent idea. Not only will this increase your chance of finding immediate paid work with the possibility of a permanent contract, it also serves to put your name around places that you may not have considered.
Volunteering or carrying out unpaid work not only provides you with valuable experience and references, it is a great source of making contacts. If you volunteer for organisations and activities within your chosen field, you will increase your visibility and personal contacts. Many companies offer work trials or placement opportunities which can lead to an offer of employment if you impress.
Visit job fairs
Visit Job Fairs where employers are recruiting. Even if they have no current openings, they are in the know and could supply you a name or a company that you can approach – in other words a lead! Take along cards with your details and hand them out.
Increase your chance with the right resume
Besides making use of your contacts, you also need to power up your resume. Writing resume is a tricky job. You think you are well-versed in crafting the perfect resume, but more often than not, you are not. So, it is always better to leave it to professional resume writers who know exactly what they’re doing. At Style Resumes, we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to write you various types of resume and cover letter. Let’s craft that perfect resume and snatch away that dream job of yours!