It doesn’t matter where you live in the world, at some stage in your job search, you must connect with a human. Despite the introduction in recent years of the Applicant Tracking System (ATS), the final outcome is based on human interactions and decisions. Connecting with a real human being early on in your search can bring real value to your career advancement.
Human job search connections are vital
In the Western world, more jobs are found by initial connections with people than through online advertisements or print media. In some countries, notably those located in North America, the hidden job market is massive. Up to 80% of jobs are hidden, so, interaction with people is very important. Don’t waste your time sitting in front of a computer or think that a job will fall into your lap. Finding a job is a full-time job. The more hours you put in, the more rewards will come your way.
Social Media and Job Search Connections
In recent years, social media, and in particular LinkedIn, have made job search so much easier. LinkedIn provides a platform for you to follow companies you admire and where you would want to work. Within that company, hunt down a person who could influence a hire – most likely, someone who will be your boss. Don’t be frightened of making real connections and asking for real in-person meetings.
Leveraging Human Connections Well
Conquer rejection as not everyone is going to want to meet you. Focus the emphasis of your search on the human touch – the handshake, the coffee, the dinner, the lunch. Conversing with someone who can be influential in either hiring you or generating a lead to the hiring authority should be your goal during job search.
How many hands are you going to shake? How many leads are you going to generate? That is up to you. Take job search seriously as a lot is at stake!