Career Calling

September 24, 2011

Who Will Take Your Call?

Filed under: Networking — claycerny @ 2:32 am
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This is a great question to ask when you’re networking as part of your job search.  Think about people you’ve worked with, people who would be able to sell you a potential employer.  We often start with the most powerful people we know:  ex-bosses, business owners.  The problem is that in most cases these people were not your biggest fans.  Often they didn’t you or your work.  Sometimes they’re the person who fired you or laid you off.  Start with people who value what you can contribute and care about you.

Make a list of those people and call them.  Keep your message simple:  “I’m looking for a new job, and I was hoping you could give me some advice.”  Try to set up a face to face meeting at a café or restaurant (whatever your budget can afford).  Don’t bluntly ask anyone to help you find a job.  If they offer, that’s great.  If they suggest you look at a certain company, you can ask if they know anyone at that company.  Don’t be too pushy, or you will push away someone who wants to help you.

Always follow up on any networking meeting with a thank you note.  Offer to help in the future.  Your goal is not just to find a new job, but also to build relationships that will help you throughout your career.  Ideally, some of your network contacts will also become friends.

Start with the phone call.  Who will take your call?  That’s the first step.

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