Peer to Peer Networking
Peer to peer networking is HOT and it could be the way you find your next job. Let me show you what works and what does not when it comes to job search.
First, let's discuss what doesn't work.
You might be surprised to learn that the ways most people use to find their jobs are actually the least effective. The reason is because they are relying on the old standards: classified ads, job fairs and mailing resumes to employers. While those methods typically result in 8-10% of job candidates finding work, for the rest of the population, something else is going to be required.
In order to find a good job, you have to put forth effort. One of the most efficient ways to find meaningful work is to peer to peer networking - networking with people you know (friends, family, neighbors and former co-workers). The good news is that it isn’t all that difficult, too.
What is job networking?
Networking involves sustaining positive relationships with a variety of people. These people come from all walks of life. It takes some time and a bit of effort, but often pays off when employment situations arise. Everyone is fair game when it comes to securing a job.
Reach past your own network by meeting new people who are the friends, co-workers and/or related contacts of your networking circle. Every time you meet someone, you should them if they know of anyone else to whom you should talk about the line of work you are interested in pursuing.
The importance of networking
cannot be stressed enough
Peer to peer networking groups (or business networking groups) are common in many cities and offer a variety of resources and opportunities to meet others. Book clubs are also excellent for meeting people who enjoy reading the same type of material as you do.
The point, of course, is that you have to get out and meet people. Get to know them. Listen to them. Find out what their needs are and help them. When you listen to others and help them achieve their goals, you are more likely to find yourself being helped in achieving your own goals as well.
Job networking is far more effective than classified ads, job fairs and mailing out resumes combined. "Eighty percent of available jobs are never advertised, and over half of all employees get their jobs through networking" according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor). That is a lot of jobs that are not made public. How are they filled? In many cases, they are filled by "people who know other people" who can do the job.
Today networking has become more structured and formalized. Many people use networks to accomplish all sorts of goals – from completing projects to finding jobs. Most people network every day without thinking about it.
In order to find a great job, you need to be networking every day, too. Peer to peer networking is THE best way to find a job in today’s tough economy.
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