The Importance of Your Personal Network When Job Hunting
Many people mistakenly believe that putting their personal network to good use is difficult and that friends, family and ex-colleagues will be irritated by requests for assistance. The reality is generally quite the opposite. People are often much more accommodating and helpful than you may give them credit for. You'd be suprised how helpful your own network could be in your job hunt if you approach people appropriately.
Mobilising your personal network is not about using the people you know. It's about harnessing the help, support and advice the people in your 'sphere of influence' can, and are genuinely willing to offer you. Remember, everyone you know also has their own networks, personal and professional, that they may be happy to call upon on your behalf in a time of need.
It's well known that the majority of jobs available are not advertised. Putting your own personal network of contacts to use could uncover opportunities you didn't know existed and had no chance of seeing otherwise. It's also well known that applicants that come with personal recommendations have a much greater chance of success than those who are unknown, or unintroduced, to the hiring manager.
When you're looking for work, you need every advantage you can muster. The modern job market is a difficult place to succeed, with literally hundreds of applicants for single posts in some cases. If your personal connections can mark you out as a good fit for the job and are willing to keep you informed or even better, recommend you, you're no longer the average applicant struggling to be noticed - you're a front runner.
Article Added: 26/06/2014
Posted By: Paul Docherty