Expanding Your Network
Sample statements that you can use to arrange help from your contacts:
To a friend or acquaintance:
- “Have you heard of any job openings, and can you let me know if you do?”
- “Do you know of anyone that I could talk to about working in your industry/field?”
To a close friend or a person with an important title:
- “Can I use your name as a reference when I am filling out applications?”
- “Could you write me an open letter of recommendation addressed: To whom it may concern?”
To someone who works in your field:
- “You have been working in the same type of job for which I am looking, so you probably know what is happening in the department “
- “Do you know anyone leaving their job?”
- “Do you know of any companies or places that might have an opening?”
To someone who works where you would consider working:
- “Is this a good place to work? “
- “Are there any openings where you work?”
- “Is anyone leaving your workplace?”
How Can You Expand Your Network?
- Become active in community events and organizations because they provide you with a great opportunity to network and get to know new people.
- Get involved in a professional or trade assocjation. Their meetings or other events are good opportunities for you to network with people in your field.
- Take a class or course in something that interests you. It is important to get out and talk to people to develop your conversational and social skills.
- Use the Internet to keep current on industry/business news.
- At all times, try to be friendly and helpful. You never know what will happen.
The first step to a good job searching strategy is research
Sources of career and employer information:
- Libraries and community based employment resource centres for books, directories, magazines, as well as Internet terminals
- Literature from the company’s public relations department, or annual reports
- Company Web sites and job searching Web sites