In today’s frenetic tech-based society, sometimes all it takes to stand out from the crowd of fellow job seekers is the human touch.
Can Being Polite Get You a Job?
The Top Two Ways to Network
Getting the Unlisted Job
Those unlisted or "filled from within" jobs snagged by friends or acquaintances? They're filled by those who happened to make the right connection at the right time. Looking for opportunities like that? Social dynamics can help you make it happen.
The Top 7 Tips for Being a Networking Superstar
- Start Conversations
You may have to step out of your comfort zone, but practice makes it easier. If you’re waiting in a long line, for example, a little friendly small talk with the person next to you may lead to an interesting chat about what you do for a living. Getting into this habit puts you in the path of opportunities you never knew existed.
- Help Out
Volunteer. Be sincere and help for the right reasons, but keep in mind that the more you are out there helping, the more connections you can make just by offering a helping hand.
- Focus on Others
When you are talking with someone, first ask them questions about their job and their needs—and listen. If you can fill their creative staffing needs, then…
- Tell a Story
Gill Corkindale from the Harvard Business Review recommends having a short “STAR” story to tell. The acronym stands for “Situation, Task, Achievements, Results.” This short (no more than 5 minutes) teaser story should share a brief business Situation where you solved a problem (Task), Achieved the business goal, and got positive Results. So instead of just saying you’re a copywriter, say “I drive traffic to my clients’ websites...”
- Have a Business Card
See our second tip above. It's that important. Carry a few of them everywhere you go. Nothing beats having your contact information and a reminder of your unique value on a compact piece of paper. If possible, get the other person’s card also and write a note on it about what you discussed.
- Follow Up
If you exchanged contact information, use it. Send a quick email or make a short phone call and continue your discussion.
- Always Say "Thank You"
Whether searching for employment or seeking new clients, always send a personal, friendly thank you note referencing your discussion or interview. This polite, personal touch tells them you are truly interested, and that you are a thoughtful person to work with.
Bonus Tip: Be OUR friend.
Networking starts by connecting with Artisan Talent. Whether you’re a job seeker or an employer searching for talent, take the time to introduce yourself to one of our skilled career specialists. They're great at networking.
That's it! So get out there and be your most friendly, engaging self and land that job.
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