Some things are out of your control – graduation dates, #Covid19, where you grew up, your family (I’m sure you still love them!), etc.  It is important to remember you just spent 16 years learning how to learn and research.  Hopefully, some event caused you to pivot during your college career. It may have been as a member of a sports team where you played forward in Soccer in high school.  Your coach needed a defender and you had to learn the new position in college.  It may have been changing your major midcourse.  You get my point.

Now it is time to find a Real job.  Some of you had internships where you liked the company – and they liked you well enough to extend an offer – and you accepted – Congratulations!  Some of you were like me. I paid my way through college with whichever job paid me the best. 

My personal experience will probably be your experience.  According to the Career Transition industry (they help professionals find jobs when companies lay them off). Between 74% to 76% of ALL jobs are filled through Networking!

Do not tell me you don’t know how to Network!  You have been doing it since you were 4 – you asked a sibling or friend, “Where’d ya get that?”  That is networking!  In college, you asked classmates about the professors and which courses they suggest you take.  You have plenty of practice and are set to network for your first position to begin your career!

May I suggest you create a spreadsheet with 4 columns?  Name, Company, Phone, Source (Family, classmate, professor, Career Development office, neighbor, etc.)  Has your Career Development office shown you how to leverage your LinkedIn connections?  Did they give you names of alumni who are working in your targeted companies?  If not, ask them for those names.  Was your College or University enlightened enough to give you an Alumni Directory? 

Sometimes jobseekers live in a box.  They tell me they cannot call someone because they do not have their phone number.  If you know where they work, you can easily get their phone number – Bing or Google the company.  Get the company’s general number. Call it. In today’s world, there are very few receptionists asking why you are calling (You Luckies!). The answering message asks you to click #3 for the directory and dial the first four letters of the person’s last name.  Bang!  You are in!

Why call Alumni of your college or university?  You Already have a Relationship, simply because you are a new member of the alumni of their school.  Even if they graduated 40 years ago, you have a foundation of a relationship.

Your job for next week is to create your lists:

  1. Target Companies
  2. Spreadsheet of names of networking contacts (at Least 300 names!)
  3. Titles of position you seek

In next week’s blog, I will demonstrate how to build your “Here I AM!” Speech (Names from my books).  You may know it as the “Elevator Speech” or “One Minute Commercial”.  This speech will structure how to introduce yourself to a network connection.

If you want or need to accelerate your #Jobsearch, please immediately click on this link to my recent book, Employee 5.0: Secrets Of A Successful Job Search In The New World Order  My book contains the 12 Steps to find a new position in a nice, orderly fashion.  It also has the stories of people who did well – and some who did not. You may learn from both sides.

See you on Fridays!

Bill Humbert is available for Speaking, Talent Attraction Consulting, Career Transition Consulting and Training contracts.  435-714-4425

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