We all know that networking is a crucial part of the job search. When you are actively seeking a new position, your network will be your fastest route to that new job. Whether you’ve been laid off, or are still working, letting people know you are open to a new position is important.
There are two reasons people I work with are hesitant to broadcast their openness to a new position. One is that they are currently working and are afraid their employer will discover they are looking, and fear retribution. While this can be a real fear, it’s not unusual for a company to make greater efforts to keep you if you are a valuable asset to their organization. Having said that though, there is reason to be discreet when seeking to leave a current job for a new one.
The second reason many people I’ve worked with hesitate to broadcast their situation is that they’ve been laid off from their job. In many people, this causes a sense of shame, and they are embarrassed to tell people what happened. However, having worked with many smart, talented, employable people who’ve lost their jobs due to corporate restructuring and no fault of their own, I can say with confidence that you needn’t be embarrassed. Some of the most sought after clients I’ve worked with were laid off. Potential employers merely saw this as a golden opportunity to secure great new talent!
So, whether you are cautiously looking for new employment, or you’ve been laid off and need to find a new job, the key to success is to share your job search with others. For those currently employed, sure, you need to be discreet. Start by talking to trusted colleagues and friends. Let them know you’re looking and what you’re looking for. They will be your biggest advocates. You don’t have to ask them to ‘help you get a new job’, but rather to keep their eyes open in case they see something. There is also a great new feature in LinkedIn that allows you let recruiters know you’re looking and LinkedIn will block that from your employer.
If you’re out of work for any reason, you don’t have restrictions on who to talk to. So share, share, share. The more people who know you and know you’re looking, the more people are on the lookout for you! It’s that old adage, if people don’t know you need help, they won’t know to offer it.
And, finally, this is the holiday season! I’ve long promoted the idea of using this time of year to network on behalf of your job search. Get yourself out to those holiday parties and other social events that pop up. Even if you just spend 30 minutes there talking to people, you’re getting your message out. People can’t help but help you if you only let them know.
Best of luck!
When I decided to quit my job, sell my home and move myself 2700 miles, back to Seattle 3.5 years ago, I knew I couldn't do it alone. As they say, it took a village.
There was the coach who provided impartial guidance. There was the trusted friend who supported with professional advice and kept my spirits up. There was the friend who offered me a place to land when I arrived. And, there was my boss, who despite having just resigned, hugged me and supported me along the way. Yes, I'd found my tribe. Have you?
We all reach a point one day when we know we need to make a big move. If you're like me, the enormity of that move can be paralyzing. But trust yourself first, then seek people in your life who are there for you; without agenda, without jusdgment, who will simply be there to support you. They can make all the difference in the world.
Here are the things I think are important to consider:
1. No negativity! If someone brings negativity, drama, or drains your energy, this is not someone you need in your tribe. You may not even want them in your life. Surround yourself with positivity!
2. No agendas. Too many people have their own agenda, and try as they might, their agenda will get in the way of yours. My family is a great example. Sure, they wanted me to be happy, but they decidedly did NOT want me to move away. As a result, they weren't involved in this particular life decision.
3. Listen to your gut. You know who the people are in your life who care about you, and bring the best out in you. Include them in your dream.
4. Seek outsiders. Just as I sought out a coach who was impartial and objective, you should too. Find a professional who will support your plans and help guide you there without agenda or objection.
5. Be open to help. As a fiercely independent, New England born woman, I have always had difficulty asking for help. It wasn't until I released myself from that silly notion that my life finally turned for the best and I achieved my dream.
Now, go out and find your tribe! Dream, believe, achieve!
Andrea's passion is to see you achieve your professional dreams. Whether you are a corporate leader seeking leadership development for your employees or an individual seeking guidance in building your career or preparing for retirement, she will coach you to success.