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I’ve previously mentioned how important it is for you to tell everyone you know you’re looking for a job. But how exactly do you start that conversation?
You can’t just call or text your acquaintances and say, “Hey! I’m looking for a job in X field. Know anyone who is hiring?”
Be more subtle.
If the person is a professional acquaintance, offer to meet them for lunch or coffee. Find out how things are going in their office and talk about current trends. When they ask how things are going for you, be truthful. Tell them you just got laid off and are looking for something similar. Or completely different.
This gives the person the opportunity to offer help. If they don’t offer, ask. Ask if they would mind critiquing your resume, or letting you know if they hear of an opening at their firm or elsewhere.
The best way to get help is to ask for it, but be specific. If you aren’t getting any bites on your cover letter, have someone read it over. If your resume needs updating, ask someone who was recently hired to review it. If it’s been a few years since you went on an interview, have a friend mock interview you.
How have you asked for help from colleagues, friends and acquaintances during your job search?
Not a giant big deal, but I thought at least a correction was in order. Then I got to thinking more about it and decided that the best way to make up for the mistake would be to give the event a free house ad. So I wrote to the Editor-in-Chief and told him about the mistake and what they could do to make it up to us.
The house ad and correction ran in the next issue.
After doing all this I realized that most people will give you what you want if you just ask for it, especially if it is to correct a mistake. Or if they can’t give you exactly what you want, they might be able to come up with something similar.
This concept is true at the office as well, if you want a different desk, or another piece of art in your office or cubicle, ask. The worst than can happen is the person says no and you have to keep the floral print or desk with the wobbly leg.