Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hidden Job Market

I attended the monthly meeting of ETP Network and heard Carl Reid speak about the hidden job market. Despite what people are saying about the economy and the current job market, new jobs are opening up every day. Many companies are hiring people through employee referrals so they have a recommendation about a candidate. Companies are also trying to alleviate the large number of applications that they are receiving for a particular position.

You tap into this hidden job market through the relationships that you develop. It's important to keep in touch with people on a regular basis whether it be bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly so that you stay in the minds of people and to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship. With all of the networking and busy schedules that people have today, it's more important than ever to stay connected.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Should I Continue to Network During the Holiday Season?

This question has come up quite a few times lately and in my opinion I think it's an excellent time to network. Many people are busy attending holiday parties and what better way to meet new and interesting contacts. With such a festive mindset this month, I think that people will be even more apt to provide valuable feedback that can help your job search or make that important introduction.

Whether the holiday event is with friends, family or acquaintances, there are going to be people who have some great ideas. Why limit your search to just people in your own industry? I've spoken with quite a few people lately who are learning the benefits of networking with various industries.

A friend recently told me that she met an individual from a company and was hoping to stay connected with him. I mentioned that in the past I have sent holiday cards to people I was hoping to hear back from with regard to a position I was interested in. What better way to stay in touch?

Happy Holiday!