When you’re out of work it can really feel like it’s you against the world. But in truth, there are plenty of allies out there to help you with your job search. It’s up to you to make sure you’re doing everything you can to allow someone else to help you. Before you make a major mistake and cut some important connections out of your search, here are some things you can do to make it easier for your network to help you in your job search.
Provide complete information.
The first step in setting up a network to help you find your job is often connecting with a recruiter or a hiring manager. But if you do, it’s imperative that you provide all the information possible. Make sure you submit your resume. Include a cover letter in the email that explains what you’re looking for and why you’re connecting. If you connect via social media, such as LinkedIn, send the personalized message along with it so they understand the reason for your request.
Be clear with reference requests.
You also want to be clear with the people you’ve selected to be your references. Never include their contact information without their knowledge and permission. Contact your former managers or coworkers to tell them you’re on the job market and ask if it’s okay for you to use them as a reference. Talk to them about your current job search and what you’re looking for to help them tailor their message to potential employers.
Hone your communication skills.
You should also be paying attention to your communication skills. Avoid using incomplete sentences like you might on social media. Be clear when making a request. Proofread all of your written communication to ensure there are no errors. Potential employers and recruiters will be evaluating your communication skills, so it’s essential that they’re clear and effective.
Be easy to reach in a variety of ways.
You also want to make sure you’re providing the correct and complete contact information for yourself. You may be surprised by how often this is not the case. If you change your phone number, immediately correct it. Include the ability to reach you in a variety of ways. This includes phone, text, email, social media, video calling such as Skype, and even how to connect face-to-face.
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