Sunday, April 15, 2012

Who do you know?

I recently read an article that is part of Yahoo's Remake America campaign. I read the article that gave some very helpful tips for anyone trying to land that next interview. The article talked about how only so much can come from just submitting a resume and cover letter to an online portal. At that point you are in a barrel that has hundreds if not thousands of resumes that you are now trying to compete with just to be seen.  As they article put it, people have an over-reliance on the internet. As a job seeker you need to take your search to the next level.

To do that the article has three steps you should follow to land that interview you want. The frist step is to move past the over-reliance on just sending our resume. The article says to use social networks to find a person to contact and get yourself noticed. The next step is to have more face-to-face meetings like networking events and other things like that. It is the best way to make personal connections with people and get noticed. It sometimes is not about what you know but rather who you know that can make the difference. The third step in the process to finding that interview is don't lose sight of your dreams. Keep your mind on the prize that you want.

All of these tips seem simple enough but can be the difference between employment and unemployment. For me personally, networking helped me to find me a job. You never really know what a person you meet can do for you. Networking happens everywhere and can really do great things for you. Like I said before, It is less about what you know and more about who you know.

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