Use these networking tips to professionally find out about and land those jobs which are never advertised.
The process of finding work through your contacts is called networking.
To highlight the importance of networking as a job search strategy, consider how many written applications might usually be received for a single advertised position.
Estimates vary about how many applications employers will get from an ad, and it probably depends on the type of job.
But.....it's safe to say most job ads would result in several hundred resumes being sent to the employer for consideration.
An article I read somewhere puts the numbers somewhere around 1500-2000 applications per advertised job.
And.....there will be just one person's resume out of all these that will result in a job offer.
Therefore, your chances of getting a job by responding to a job ad could be somewhere in the vicinity of 1500-2000 to one. You probably wouldn't be betting your house on having a successful application at those sorts of odds!
In the same article it was suggested that the odds of getting a job through the process of job networking were about one in 12.
Some colleagues of mine told me about an experiment..... how many networking contacts does it take to get a job?
The experiment found that it takes 3.6 networking contacts to get a job offer.
This puts the importance of networking as a part of your overall job search strategy into its proper perspective - you just have to have a strategy for job search networking.
In my experience there is a right and a wrong way in which people go about networking.
I think this is partially because people misunderstand what networking means, and what the process of job networking actually involves.
So what is job search networking when it is used to find a job or making a career change?:
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This link explains why job networking works best when you meet people face to face.
Simply explained, you can be too easily ignored or re-redirected when you try to network with people by email or phone.
The following links to these networking tips will help you learn, step by step, the strategies for going to your next career move via the hidden job market: