This week’s career tip comes from VMware Program Manager – Strategic Staffing & Research, Gil Oakes, who talks about how the days of jobs seekers simply sending out resumes hoping to land that dream job just doesn’t cut it. It’s all about networking!
It’s a totally different employment market today than just a few years ago. The days of emailing your resume against a job posting and crossing your fingers are long gone.
Here are a few suggestions I make to those that are early on in their plans to make a career move:
- Take the time to get inside yourself and take an inventory of the things you like to do, as well as what you don’t like to do. You’d be surprised at how many people know more about what they DON’T like to do than what they do.
- Once you’ve got an idea what your strengths are and what it is you’re after in your next position, focus on putting together a target list of companies you’d like to research.
- Forget about just thinking about this on a job level. Find a company whose culture and values match your own…and in the long run you’ll be most happy. Ask yourself; is this a company that I can prosper in? Are my skills applicable? Am I a good cultural fit? Is this a place I can lace up my shoes and head off to every day?
- I recommend putting together a list of 10-15 of these companies, and then develop a plan on how and who you’re going to talk or meet with there.
Notice I said talk! Yes, picking up the phone is difficult for some people, but you can’t win if you don’t play.
- Take advantage of all of the social media tools at hand—LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ & Branchout…just to name a few. These are great places to meet and network with people at the companies you are targeting for your next career move.
- Start growing and networking in your own circle. Who’s going to be a better advocate for you then the people you already know? You don’t need to blast it out to everyone, but pick the most influential people you know, and carve out the time to meet with them. Ask those in your network for introductions to others.
- While social networking is very useful, don’t rely solely on it thinking those job offers will just appear in your Twitter feed. Nothing replaces a good old fashion call or meet up for coffee.
There’s no cookie cutter/one size fits all method to landing that dream job, so don’t be afraid to mix it up and try new things. It really is about building solid relationships and growing a tight network.