Looking to land a job but don't know where to start? Networking is a crucial step in the job search process. If you've been reading about careers and jobs over the past several years, there's no doubt you've read the best jobs never find their way to the newspaper want ads or online job boards. Why? Because they are filled by people who are referred by friends and colleagues. Related: 10 Tips For People Who Hate Networking Put yourself in the place of the person looking for a job candidate. If you place an ad in the paper or online, you may get hundreds of replies - only a few of which might be a fit for the job. But to find those few, you have to wade through all the others and that can take up a lot of your time. Even when you do find a resume that looks promising, that person is still a stranger to you, and you have no idea what kind of person or worker he/she might be. On the other hand, what if a candidate is recommended to you by a trusted friend or colleague? Right away, you are more inclined toward that person because of who recommended them. (And you don't have to do all that tedious reading of hundreds of unsuitable resumes.) So, where does that leave you, the job seeker? Well, you want to be the candidate being recommended! But here's the catch - What if you don't know anyone in the industry or company you've targeted? Does that mean you have to go back to the want ads? Not necessarily. This is a classic opportunity to use your network. Now, even if you are quite young and only recently started on your career, you do still have a network. Think about it. Your network contains all those people you have gone through college with, any high school friends you've kept in touch with, your immediate and extended family, your friends, and more. But the great thing about networking effectively is it can also give you access to the people in other people's networks! So, maybe you don't know anybody in the pharmaceutical industry who can refer you for a job there, but maybe someone in your network does.
It's the job of the cover letter to make the person want to read the resume. That's it. The letter doesn't get you the interview — that's the resume's job. But if your cover letter isn't persuasive in a different way, your brilliantly crafted resume will never make it to the first pass. So, what makes a great cover letter? Related: You're Doing Cover Letters Wrong - Here's Why Here are five easy tips to make your cover letter stand out:
In this day and age, your career path won't be cut and dried like your parents' paths. We need to look at the bright side of a changing world rather than let it bring us down. And, in keeping with that spirit, I decided to think of what those positives and “negatives” are. Here is a list of the positives and “negatives” to consider:
- Smart jobs offer a cross between white and blue collar work, with positions in metal manufacturing, communication technology, medical technology, chemicals, plastics, and information technology.
- Small cities and towns are the epicenter of smart job growth. Cities cited in the report as earning the status of smart job hubs include Bethesda, Maryland; Omaha, Nebraska, Decatur, Illinois; Warner Robins, Georgia; Rochester, Minnesota; and Worcester, Massachusetts.
- Smart jobs put a new spin on tried and true industries. Wired Magazine reports the reemergence of the cotton industry as an example of an industry that has gone high tech. No longer do farmers work alone to plant successful crops. Instead, companies like Bayer, develop new seeds and test the seeds to determine which offer the highest likelihood of success. But, it goes beyond seed: Companies develop new soil and fertilizer, planting, picking, processing, and spinning techniques and products to make a farmer’s job easier.