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Businessman offering for handshakeIf you were to ask recruiters the method they prefer to source candidates, what do you think the response would be? You may think of job fairs, company websites, or career sites like Indeed. All these options are used but, the number one preferred source is referrals. Nearly 74 percent of recruiters surveyed by Recruiting Trends said the best quality candidates came from employee referrals. Not only do the best come from referrals, they are also the number one source of new hires according to the CareerXroads 2014 Source of Hire report.

How do recruiters get referrals? Social media is a big player in the world of employee referrals. Gerry Cispin, principal and co-founder of CareerXroads, says “It’s hard to imagine that a social connection isn’t involved.” Recruiters work directly and indirectly with social media. Recruiters find candidates when employees share job postings on their personal social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Recruiters can also gather indirect referrals by tapping into the employees’ network of connections.

Why is this important? If you know what is important to a recruiter, you will know how to prioritize your job seeking activities. Since we know employee referrals are valuable to recruiters, you should spend considerable time building your network.

How do you get referred? You can begin by asking your network who they can introduce you to. You can also search social media sites yourself to find employees in your preferred organizations. The ideal is to meet the employee in person, but if not possible, you can ask to be connected on the employee’s social media of choice. If the employee posts an opening, you can apply and can ask to be referred. Even if no positions are posted, you may still be visible to a recruiter indirectly as part of the employee’s network of contacts.

Finding a job is tough, but it can be easier if you seek to be referred. I am reminded of a quote by Robert Kiyosaki that sums the concept up easily. He said “The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work.”

Stacy Harshman, founder of Your Fulfilling Life, brings her experience as a recruiter for a Fortune 500 corporation to her work as a career coach. In addition to helping people discover their passions, she also provides clients with insight into the mind of a recruiter, unlocking the secrets of what employers look for in potential employees. Stacy offers individual and group coaching in person and by phone to those seeking positive change in their professional lives.
Get your free audio of Four Essential Steps For A Successful Career Change on http://www.YourFulfillingLife.com

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Dec
29

Expand Your Network in 2015

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business handshake on multicolor bokeh light background.The best way to land a job in 2015 is to expand your network. The art of building and maintaining relationships is vital to job seekers. Greg Simpson, Senior Vice President, Career Transition Practice Leader at Lee Hecht Harrison says “The reality is that most job openings are never advertised or posted, which means tapping your network is an essential job search resource to uncover hidden opportunities. In fact, 63 percent of job seekers land new jobs through networking.”

Identify networking contacts– One of the hurdles of networking is determining who to connect with. To aid in this process, make a list of 10-15 organizations you desire to work for. Next, consider how you might gain access to the person(s) in those organizations that have the power to hire you. You may be fortunate enough to be able to connect with the hiring manager immediately, but most likely, you will have to network to gain access.

Explore networking sources– Social networking sites have opened up the world of networking. LinkedIn has made it relatively easy to identify employees of organizations; however, don’t stop there. Explore other effective networking sources such as industry meetings, industry writers, community leaders, and career fairs. Other sources could be the vendors, customers, and competitors of your target organization.

One very important networking source is professional associations. When you join an association, you will have access to employees, managers and executives of many (if not all) of your target organizations. Here are 3 websites that may assist you in finding associations for your profession: www.weddles.com– Weddles Guide for Associations, www.asaecenter.org– The Center for Association Leadership, and www.ipl.org– Internet public library’s guide to associations.

Develop goals for networking– The more you plan your networking, the more successful you will be. Val Matta, Vice President of business development at Career Shift, suggests developing weekly goals and tracking meetings/events on a calendar that is dedicated to networking. This method not only forces you to think through a plan, but also organizes your efforts.

Practice to gain confidence– Networking is a skill to be learned. Don’t expect perfection from yourself right away. The more you network, the more confidence you will gain and the better you will become.

I’m not sure who said this but the statement rings true; “The opposite of networking is NOT working”. Happy New Year and Happy Networking!

Stacy Harshman, founder of Your Fulfilling Life, brings her experience as a recruiter for a Fortune 500 corporation to her work as a career coach. In addition to helping people discover their passions, she also provides clients with insight into the mind of a recruiter, unlocking the secrets of what employers look for in potential employees. Stacy offers individual and group coaching in person and by phone to those seeking positive change in their professional lives.
Get your free audio of Four Essential Steps For A Successful Career Change on www.YourFulfillingLife.com

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