May 11th, 2011
With the economy currently in a slump, and high unemployment rates across many states, it’s no wonder that finding a job is becoming a very tough task. With every job opening, there are probably thousands of applicants who have already applied, or who is thinking about applying, and many of them maybe just a little more qualified. Many job seekers start off thinking that finding a new job will be easy, especially with the education, experience, and qualifications that one possess, but they soon realize that they have a tough road ahead of them. Finding a job no longer consist of surfing most popular internet job boards, or sending out resumes waiting for a return phone call, now it takes a more proactive approach on the part of the job seeker. A large number of job openings are probably never advertised or publicly announced, but are often filled through networking. Networking is also known as the hidden job market, networking works by creating a list of contacts (various people that you have met through social and business functions), and using their help when you are looking for a new job. People that you network with can be helpful in your job search, because they can provide you with job leads, introduce you to other people in the same industry that you can add to your networking list, or even offer you advice about your career path. If you are new to the networking experience, the best places to start is with your family, friends, and co-workers, and once you have started establishing a list of contacts, continue to reach out to people such as, former co-workers, former bosses, and other individuals that may help you succeed in obtaining the perfect job. Networking can open up many doors for job seekers.