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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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Thank you so much for putting up this article. People always keep looking for job without knowing what they actually want. This article will help them to easily find jobs for themselves 🙂
Great advice. Thank you. 🙂
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