Your best bet for finding job opportunities is not through online job boards, classifieds, or employment agencies– it’s by talking to the people around you. Your network of friends, family members, and acquaintances is the most valuable job search resource you have. As much as 80 percent of all jobs are filled through (direct and indirect) referrals, not through job postings.
- People choose to do business with people they know and like. Your network of friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances is the most valuable job search resource.
- The job you want may not be advertised at all. The majority of job openings are never advertised but are filled by word of mouth.
- Job listings will bring in many applicants who you’ll need to compete against. Connections in an organization can greatly help your application stand out.
- You know more people than you realize! Many of those people know someone who may offer you career advice or help you access a job.
- Though you might be nervous about making the initial contact, remember that people generally like to give advice and be recognized for their expertise. It feels good to help others.
Secret Job Market
Numerous job openings are filled by word of mouth and are never formally advertised. That’s why networking is the best way to find a job. Unfortunately, many job seekers are hesitant to take advantage of networking because they’re afraid of being seen as pushy, annoying, or self-serving. Networking isn’t about using other people, it’s about building relationships. Additionally, NACE’s Job Outlook 2011 survey found that employers expect to do the majority of their hiring in the fall, locking in candidates early. This means that you will likely need to begin your job search almost a full year prior to graduation.