Step 3: Networking is the #1 job search strategy

You can do anything, and be anything if someone helps you!

UNLESS THEY KNOW YOU, they probably will not hire you:

Networking is the #1 job search strategy, if they know you, and like you, they will hire you. Here is a true story. I was teaching a student success class at Ivy Tech. We were talking about networking and filling out their Plan for Your Success workbooks. After I instructed the students to get to know their classmates, most of the guys tried to get to know the beautiful blonde girl in the front of the class. Several of the guys wanted jobs at the steel mills, steel is huge here in Northwest Indiana. However, they ignored another attractive young lady sitting in the back corner of the room.

As it turns out, the young lady in the back of the room had power. Her father was the Vice President of one of the largest steel companies in Northwest Indiana. He had contacted me through her to tell me that he loved my workbook, Plan for Your Success. Had those guys not been so superficial, they possibly could have gotten either internships, or jobs at the place they wanted to work in the first place.

Get to know people, people like to hire who they know. Start networking with:

  • Classmates from each class/co-workers
  • Family and friends
  • Churches, Mosques, Temples, Synagogues
  • Academic advisers
  • Faculty advisers
  • Career Services Personnel
  • Someone from Human Resources
  • Your supervisor or boss
  • Those who helped you climb the ladder of success
  • Employers in your career field

After you get to know them, that is when you keep in contact via email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Linkedin.

COMPLETE the networking exercise on p. 43 of the workbook, then proceed to p. 44: Understand the legal environment

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