Studies estimate that 70 – 85% of jobs are found through networking while according to Forbes less than 5% of jobs are found through job boards.
Most people spend tons of time on the job boards which is a big waste of time. So you NEED to network but don’t worry, it doesn’t have to mean going to millions of networking events and giving your elevator speech 100s of times.
You already have a network you’ve been building for years, but to get their help you have to let them know you need it.
Send an email to:
- your family
- high school friends
- old teachers
- or anyone that you have or have had a genuine relationship
The email needs to outlines what kind of job you’re looking for, where you want to live and ask if they know anyone in that field that they would be willing to connect your with. Your aunt’s best friend from high school might work at the company you want to get hired at.
Warm referrals are much more effective than cold calls and after sending the email out you’ll have a few people to hop on the phone with or meet for coffee! And soon you’ll be hearing about opportunities long before they make it to the job board!
Need help writing the initial email to friends and family? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a mini-session with me where we can craft your email!
Your dream job is coming!