Networking For Jobs…Who Do I Ask? – Cheryll Messam, Life & Corporate Coach
If you are job hunting, you will need to go beyond merely responding to job advertisements, and network with persons who know decision makers in the companies you are targeting. This will increase your chances of getting called for an interview, and ultimately landing that job that’s out there for you. Below we share a Networking List of possible persons who can connect you to decision makers in companies you wish to work for.
WHAT TO ASK?
- Do You Know Anyone Who Works at XYZ Company?
- Do You Know Anyone Who Works in the XYZ Industry?
- Would you mind introducing me to the person you know at XYZ Company?
- Would you mind introducing me to the person you know in the XYZ Industry?
- Would you mind sharing my resume with XYZ person?
WHO TO ASK?
- Persons who work in the company/industry
Persons who may know influential persons in the company/industry you are targeting, such as:
Personal Service Providers serve a large variety of persons and have well established relationships with influential people who they serve weekly or monthly.
- Spa Owners and Technicians
- Baby Sitters
- Pool Cleaners
Suppliers/Vendors of the company or in the industry you are targeting are sure to have established relationships with employees and decision makers.
Professional Associations & Service Clubs Members have a vast network of colleagues who work at a variety of companies or within specific industries.
Your Personal & Professional Network is made up of persons close to you, who know many other persons that you are unaware of, some of whom are connected to the companies and industries that you have targeted in your job search.
- Family Members
- Distant Relatives
- Church Community
- Social Service/Volunteer Community
- Professional Network e.g. Past /Current co-workers, Lecturers, Colleagues in other companies, Customers/Clients you have served.
We hope this Networking List will be useful to you in helping you generate your own list as you create and implement your job search strategy.
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