Developing your network
It is estimated that a large portion of the jobs that are filled are done so via the hidden job market, that is “word of mouth”. The major advantage of penetrating the hidden job market is that your competition is dramatically reduced. Unlike through advertised positions, people who source jobs via their network or direct approach do not have to compete with large fields of applicants.
What is a network?
A group of people who will act as eyes and ears for you out in the marketplace
People who might uncover a job opportunity for you
How to put together a network list:
Use brainstorming techniques
Include as many people as you can think of
Don’t exclude people who you think can help you
Who will be on your network list:
Colleagues in your past organisation
Colleagues who have moved to another organisation
Staff who have worked for you
People who have sold products to you
Friends who work in other organisations
People you know socially who might know what is going on in particular companies
Whether you’re currently looking for a new job or not, it’s worth putting in the time and taking the appropriate steps to building a strong network.