One Really Good Tip to End Your Job Search: Network


You spend hours sitting at your computer searching for a job.  Any opening at all that fits even some of your skills and experience would be nice.  But you don’t find anything.  You’ve heard of the hidden job market but not sure how to go about finding it.

The hidden job market isn’t in your computer.  You can find the unseen jobs by networking.  Meet as many people as you can.  Men, women, young, old, professional, blue-collar, unemployed or employed all know other people.  The more people you talk to the more you improve your chances to get you publicized. 

Over 80% of all jobs are obtained by networking.  You can be one of them if you log off your computer and go meet people.  Find places where you can meet new people.  Look for networking groups in your area and attend.  Go to places that are free or very low-cost that interest you.  Talk to the people there instead of staying closed off from others.  It’s possible you will meet your next boss or someone who knows him/her. 

6 Comments to "One Really Good Tip to End Your Job Search: Network"

  1. Arwen's Gravatar Arwen
    January 24, 2013 - 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Great tip. I had an interview in a new city within one week because I networked. :D

  2. Patti O.'s Gravatar Patti O.
    January 24, 2013 - 7:09 pm | Permalink

    I work from home, have no small children (mine are both grown college graduates), and I am trying to start a business!
    the reason I am self employed is because the job market has changed so very much, EVERYTHING is done ONLINE….and when you submit an application there is no interaction or validation of even a follow up saying they received your information. :( so impersonal and disheartening.
    I NEED to find networking groups in my area. Do you have suggestions on how to FIND them?
    If you do not belong to one, where do you look?

    • Stella Scott's Gravatar Stella Scott
      January 24, 2013 - 7:29 pm | Permalink

      I suggest Rotary, BNI and professional women network groups. Also check Linked in to find groups that also meet off line. I think all big network communities can be found there. Ask for where they meet in your area.

      Good luck!

      • Patti O.'s Gravatar Patti O.
        January 24, 2013 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Stella & Arleen! :) I will look at all suggestions!

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