According to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, 40% of all jobs that get filled go unadvertised but instead are filled through networking. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, when you take this 40% and then also include the percentage of jobs filled by candidates already known to the employer, this percentage increases to seventy. In short, 70% of all jobs are filled through networking and relationships. So now how do you feel about that online posting to which you just submitted your resume?
How, then, do you network for jobs? Well, you pretty much network everyday through your daily interactions and probably don’t realize it. Each person you speak with could be the source of a potential job opportunity or act as a referral for you. Every dinner, party, convention or social gathering, such as a baseball game, that you attend provides opportunities for you to open new doors to employment. This is why conducting yourself with integrity, self-control and confidence in both your professional and personal life is so important.
Linkedin also provides a wonderful and passive opportunity to network provided that your profile is up to date. Hiring managers may come across your profile if it is well constructed and complete. Every engagement between you and other members on Linkedin or other social networking sites is yet another networking opportunity that one day could produce a job opportunity.
Have you embraced video yet? Your resume sells your skills but not your personality. Did you know that eighty-eight percent of employers will choose personality over skill? How better to get yourself in front of potential employers and show off your energy and enthusiasm than through video? Now I’m not talking a professionally done video resume. Video resumes are often far too long in length for a recruiter to invest much more than 30-60 seconds on, and often your video resume message won’t be targeted to what they want to know. A video service, however, that allows you to email a thirty second introduction of yourself to friends or to those you have done business with is a great way to get your foot in the door. Remember the referral statistics mentioned above? With just a mouse click your buddy could be shooting your 30-60 second video intro over to their boss with a ringing endorsement.
Achieving success is all about who you know. This could not possibly be truer than in finding a job.