Most know the value of professional networking. Whether you need a new job now or later, continually building your network with decision-makers and leaders can only help your career in the long run. I’ve talked with countless colleagues, friends, and job seekers who have told me stories about finding a job (or a job finding them) through a contact they connected with months to years ago.
One of the key ways to establish a strong network and learn about career opportunities (present and future) is to have face-to-face meetings with hiring managers, company owners, or well-connected professionals. There is a bit of etiquette and approach to doing this. My latest article for Job-Hunt.org walks you through the process.
Handy set of articles for those conducting a job search: The Top Job Search Articles of 2015
And, as always, leverage Job-Hunt.org
We all know there is a balancing act you must perform when searching for a new position while you have a full-time job. In many cases, it does not reflect well if your boss finds out. Although, I’ve always contended that there is nothing wrong with doing some “comparison shopping.” Just like when thinking about buying a new house or car, you first compare what’s out there with what you’ve got. Perhaps you should be happy with the status quo because it really is better than alternatives available to you. But how would you know if you didn’t do the research?
The problem is that although the research might be just a cursory look, management may not see it that way. Best not to “advertise” your efforts. My latest article for job-hunt deals with the tenuous balance of being “available to talk” and keeping your research “off the radar.”
As always, feel free to add your comments or experiences within this article’s Comments section.
Article: How to Find a Job While You Have One
Recently, I wrote an article for Job-Hunt.org regarding the value of references and how to make them an effective part of your job search. Many job seekers see references as a just a minor piece of the puzzle. But in reality, references can sometimes be the “tipping point” to you whether you get the job.
How you prepare them for the call from the hiring manager or recruiter can make all the difference. Take a look at this article to make sure you’re doing all that you should. And as always, feel free to share your own tips and thoughts in the comment section on this blog entry to share with others.
Most recruiters are pretty good at reviewing resumes carefully and looking for any yellow flags before engaging with you. Before presenting you to their clients, they need to be sure they understand your full work history. When there is a gap in employment on your resume, they will typically ask about it. In most cases, it is best to have some professional activity filling that gap. In my latest article for job-hunt.org, I discuss different possibilities to consider. As always, feel free to comment on this blog entry with ideas of your own to share with the readers of my blog.