Hidden Job Market Networking: 3 Mistakes That Are Prolonging Your Search

You could actually end your job search faster by avoiding 3 common mistakes job seekers (including me at one time) make about networking. A lot of ideas about networking sound good but are actually slowing you down in finding a job.

Here are three easy-to-make mistakes you should eliminate as soon as possible so you can end your search FAST.

1. Assuming you only need to network with people you already know. That's an attractive idea if for no other reason that most of us don't like the idea of ​​trying to network with strangers. But to end your job search fast, there are nine categories of people you should be networking with. What if you don't have all nine categories among the people you currently know? Someone else is going to race right by you because they are willing to call strangers.

2. Thinking that you have to do someone a favor before it's OK to ask for their assistance / advice / guidance etc. This is another attractive idea that does not work. There are probably lots of people you should be contacting to get into the hidden job market. But since they are still strangers, you may not be able to figure out how to be of assistance to them just yet. So give them a call, seek their advice and get to know them. Ask how you can be of assistance; always be on the lookout for ways to help them.

3. Believing that because people know you're looking, they know enough about you to be of assistance in your search. Job search reality: it isn't who you know, it isn't who knows you, it's what they know about you. Have a brand statement or problem-solution-result statement you can share with them. Then they will be able to remember you, tell others about you, think of you when they hear about job openings.

Avoiding these three mistakes can help end your job search much faster. I hope that's exactly what happens for you.

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