Why don’t more people Network? It boggles my mind, especially in this type of economy – it is not who applies to the job first, BUT who you know and who knows you. Everyone should get to know their local Recruiters. You never know when you may need one.
Networking is simple. It is staying in touch. It is asking questions to the experts and answering questions. Most people I have found and was able to hire for my openings, were not from my first conversation but from staying in contact with them and talking to them over time. Networking is a time commitment – IT IS A RECRUITING COMMITMENT!
An easy way to get started is to first, go to LinkedIn and find groups, in your geographic area or specialty and join them. Become involved with the local and industry leaders. If a group does not exist – create one. Not only have I created the Recruiter Files LinkedIn Group, but I have joined many industry groups (#Hire Friday and ere.net). Plus I have joined some local groups (Linkedworking Columbus and Network Pittsburgh). LinkedIn allows you to join up to 50 groups at a time.
Network in your community and your industry – see who you can meet. Also, review the Social Networking’s Guide for Finding Employment.