The traditional job seeker competes with everyone else who is looking for the same type of job. The more people who apply, the less your chances of getting noticed. Looking for work today requires the job seeker to be creative and to constantly be thinking of ways to stand out from the crowd. Applying for jobs online in the comfort of your living room might seem appealing but at the end of the day you must ask yourself the question is it the most effective way for me to find a job? Or in other words, did I get the best return on the investment of time I put into the activity by way of contacts, interviews and job offers etc? If you can truthfully answer yes, then continuing doing it, but if you answered no, you need to look at other ways to find a job. If you only have a 30% chance of finding a job by solely applying online why spend 100% of your valuable time doing it?

In my opinion, networking is the most effective way to find a job. However, it is also the least popular amongst job seekers because it requires effort, creativity and most importantly getting out of your comfort zone. As 70%+ jobs are found by networking, I would strongly advise you to give it a go. The very worst that can happen is that you will be told “we are not interested” or “we do not have any openings.” However, in the current economic climate, there are many, many employers who are crying out for good, qualified applicants.

Almost every employer I speak to says they can train staff to do a job but need qualified staff who are reliable, dependable and punctual and who will be at work every day for their scheduled shift. In other words, they need someone with an excellent work ethic. When networking, your strong work ethic should be one of the very first things you talk about. Your loyalty, integrity and courage should be other traits. These are traits that make you stand out from the crowd. You are no longer giving standard answers to questions but are providing answers that are unique and refreshing for the employer to hear. It is what differentiates you from the competition. It is what makes you valuable and unique. It is what makes you YOU!!!

In her short article called The Importance of Networking (and How to Do It Well), (https://www.topresume.com/career-advice/importance-of-networking-for-career-success), the author Amanda Augustine asks the questions “What is Networking? and Why Networking is Important to Your Success?”.

Check the article out and get excited about how networking can dramatically change the direction of your job search and get you noticed. Good luck!!!!

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