Many new job seekers or people who haven’t looked for a job in a long time may not know about the “hidden job market.”Ã‚Â Sounds sinister, but all it really means is that most (70 – 80% or more!) of jobs aren’t actually filled with people applying to a job posting or announcement; they are filled via personal connections.
You can see why it’s a good idea to get on this networking bandwagon!Ã‚Â Networking is a huge topic, and I have tons to say on the subject, but since we are in the midst of another holiday, let’s leave it at this:
If you’re going to a picnic or party, you will probably have an opportunity to meet some new people.
How can you introduce yourself with an eye toward seeing if there is a potential career link with your new acquaintance?Ã‚Â Ask someone if they did anything fun over the summer…Strike up some conversations that have NOTHING to do with your job search.
You never know where you’ll meet the professional connection that will link you to a new opportunity.
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