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You Are Only 1 or 2 Degrees of Separation Away From Your Next Job

You Are Only 1 or 2 Degrees of Separation Away From Your Next Job
From Recruiter - August 6, 2017

Weve all heard that its not what you know, its who you know. While there is definitely truth to that, having the knowledge and skills employers are looking for is a must. Whats even more important is positioning yourself to be ready when opportunity knocks.

If youre fairly new to the job market, this may seem to be quite a challenge, especially if youre a college student hoping to be hired in your chosen industry. The good news is industries want to hire fresh talent, just like you! The bad news? There really isnt any bad news, to be honestbut that doesnt mean theres no work to be done on your part. On the contrary: The roller coaster ride has just begun. The early steps of your job search in particular will require smart work and dedication.

You could be the sharpest, smartest, most talented individual for the position, but it doesnt matter if no one else knows that! That is where who you know and who knows (about) you become important. The power of networking cannot be stressed enough.

The strength of your network is directly related to your sphere of influence. Your network will advocate for you, especially if they know what youre up to. One of the most crucial questions you can ask your network connections is Who do you know, as in, Who do you know who needs a marketing assistant like me? Better yet, if there are certain companies youre interested in, be specific.

Most employers recognize they need to fill a position long before they post a job ad. The earlier you apply, the more likely you are to be hired. Being aware of the position before it even gets posted will get you noticed. Your network can help with this.

So how do you get the inside scoop? Youre probably only one or two degrees of separation from your next job. Countless people (myself include) can tell you stories about how they either knew someone personally or someone in their network who connected them to an opportunity.



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