Many individuals, even myself, have found job hunting to be a tedious process, especially when your goal is to reach outside of the market you already know. This thought has captivated my thinking for the last two days because I truly believe there is a solution to being connected with future employers.
On Monday, I chatted Jake (@JobRTBot) and without either of us knowing it, I think we crossed a divide and found a knowledge base for job hunting / networking.
No, I personally am not looking for any new job but the networking behind our conversation is the key component. It isn’t about what you know but more focused on who you know. And for a person like me I think you can find and meet almost anyone.
Jake and I had been tweeting back and forth for a while then got back into the conversation over Gmail chat. After our conversation, I would hire him, pay more, and wait longer to get him as an employee rather then going to a company like Monster Jobs, CareerBuilder, and so on.
Why you may ask? This question has been my true contemplation from the beginning and the answer might help a few people grab jobs.
The answer is simple, “we talked.”
This open door conversation allowed me to learn more about his background, what he does, how he does it and vise-versa. There was no ‘corporate’ working we had to get around or conversation that we had to reign in, Jack and I were ourselves. To me, this means four basic things:
- – Find anyone in the company and have a light conversation, ask them for coffee, chat with them over Twitter, ask how they like the job, and simply be yourself.
- – Don’t Use them so truly try to learn anything you can from them.
- – Remember that you might make a friend / coworker / networker so always follow through with everything.
- – Be yourself no matter the cause, it is usually more interesting then a fake you.
These three steps aren’t a ‘solve all’ for the job search but they are a starting point. I know that I would rather hire someone I know / have spoken with prior to hiring someone off of a resume only.