Play The Numbers Game During The Job Search.
School’s out and we’re staring at a summer of warm weather, vacations and plenty of outdoor events. For many, job hunting takes a back seat to family fun, especially if you’re underemployed. Sure, you want and need a better job, but at least you have some money coming in. What can it hurt to take a month or two off to enjoy yourself?
Only you know your finances and how long you can afford to remain unemployed or underemployed. If you’ve recently lost your position, you’ll find this job market unlike most any other. Your search will probably take longer, and you’ll find the days of simply answering an ad are over.
Job hunting is all about networking. It’s about positioning yourself in the front of a prospective employer’s mind … and demonstrating real value to the organization. Job hunting also is a numbers game.
For companies that want a new person to start during the fourth quarter of 2012, now is the time for them to start the hiring process. If you wait until after Labor Day to restart your search, it’s likely a number of good jobs will have passed you by. So the number of available jobs won’t necessarily decrease during the summertime.
But many seekers do take time off during the summer, so the ratio of seekers to openings changes in your favor. Wouldn’t it make sense to compete for the publicly known openings against fewer people?
Networking is the central component of a successful job search. Networking is a process. It becomes a mindset and somewhat of a lifestyle. It’s not something you can easily turn on and off. Successful networkers stay with it.
If you sit out for a couple of months, you’ll no longer remain in the front of your contacts’ minds. Your network, like your summertime garden, requires attention if you expect it to bear fruit. Why not run through your list of networking contacts and contact them again, ideally leading with some online article of interest to them?
Another approach to your networking contacts is to ask for specific help in gaining access to a particular person. Use LinkedIn to look through your network contact’s connections. Find connections you’d like to be introduced to, and pick up the phone to make that request. Don’t rely on the LinkedIn website’s internal method for requesting an introduction.
Keep your momentum alive. Halting your search not only deprives you of seeing advertised openings with less competition, but also takes you away from the networking habit. Networking is difficult enough for many people without the strain of having to restart the process. Remember, it only takes that one company to say yes. Keep at it and good luck! Source/Code: Randy Wooden for the Winston Salem Journal.