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Making useful connections is surely the best way to find the job you want, and here are the ten steps that will make this process a whole lot easier!
Only 10% of jobs are ever really advertised or posted. The remaining 90% of jobs are filled through people’s connections.
This is why, hands-down, the single best way to get a job or promotion is to connect with people — and to do so for the express purpose of getting a job or promotion, no matter what anyone says.
(I am not talking about networking. Real, true networking should be done all of the time. Its purpose is pure and simple — to build relationships. That’s it! If anything comes out of those relationships, that is a bonus. If you need help or pointers on networking, find advice online or ask someone who is excellent at it.)
Last summer, I mentored two young women who graduated from college in May. After the first two months, they had yet to find success in securing a job. Their primary job-search strategy was responding to job ads or going to company websites looking for jobs.
No matter how often I and others talked to these two very talented women, we could not get them to get out and just start connecting and talking to people. Their concerns were:
Connecting with people in the business community or within your organization to ask for their guidance, direction, and/or assistance with your job search or in exploring promotion opportunities is not based on your ability to “pay that person back.” Assisting someone in a job search is about paying it forward. Most people want to help others succeed. Just remember that when you are asked to help someone else — that will be your contribution to the circle.
Flash forward from last summer to the two young women I mentored. Once they got over their fears and misperceptions and started making connections, they both landed dream jobs — one in three days and the other in a month!
What is your job-seeking advice?
This post was first published on here.
Rania Anderson is an angel investor, entrepreneur, former corporate leader, and a leading authority on business women. She’s also the Founder and President of The Way Women Work.
Pic credit: Image of a working woman via Shutterstock.
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