Benefits of social networks
Online business networks provide an extra and particularly efficient way to find new employment while making important contacts.
When it comes to finding a new job, all possibilities should be used that are available. The most important basic prerequisites are a fully filled profile and at least 20 contacts.
1. Let colleagues recommend you
A recommendation from your colleagues and business partners not only highlights your strengths but also shows that you are a valued employee.
As a leader, employees' recommendations can, for example, underline your leadership skills. Many networks give you the opportunity to simply recommend other members in the form of a short text on the profile of the respective contact.
2. See where people with similar qualifications work
This is where you can orient yourself and develop a feeling for which companies have an interest in personnel that meet your qualifications.
3. Research where the employees of a company were previously employed
Find out where employees of a particular company have worked before their current job. This information is very helpful for your search. You can then find out which criteria a company attaches importance to in the case of new employees.
Many networks offer an advanced enterprise search. On the researched company profiles you can track the career of the employees before they have started work with their current employer.
4. Find out where employees of a company go
Business profiles in business networks also provide you with information on which employers the employees are going to work next after leaving a company.
In turn, you can use this information to tap into other potential employers.
5. Check if a company is currently hiring workers
Under the heading “New Employees” the company profiles show you people who have just been hired.
With these new employees, you can get in touch and ask for valuable tips. You can look at the entire career and find out what made her so attractive to the employer.
6. Get in touch with HR decision makers
Job boards on online business networks offer you new contact options. Pay particular attention to the contact persons for the vacancies who are not more than two relationships away from you.
This means that you know someone who knows the person who offered the job offer. Tip: In case of a direct approach, you should not separate less than two relationships from the responsible personnel manager.
7. Make contact with the right contact person for personnel questions
The best way to get in touch with the HR manager is through a person you know personally.
If you do not have such a contact, you can use networks to find someone within the company who makes contact for you. The HR manager receives yours Casting by one of his colleagues, then it is also largely respected.
8. Vent secret qualification requirements
Job advertisements do not always tell you all about the qualifications the HR manager is actually looking for for a particular job. Try to gain insight into what really counts for this job through contacts within the company.
Through online networks, you can use the company search to find out which relationships you link to the company within your network. If you do not have these contacts, look at the profiles of those who work in this company and draw conclusions as to which qualifications are particularly in demand.
9. Get started at startups
If you are unsuccessful at large companies, it may be time to try a startup.
Many networks allow an advanced search, in which you can enter “startup” as a keyword. You can also restrict the search to certain industries (Web 2.0, biotechnology, etc.) and locations.
10. Build your network before you actually need it
One last tip. Regardless of the economic situation and the course of your career, a strong network always provides a good foundation for the security of your job. So do not wait to set up your network until times go bad.
The key to successful networking is not the answer to who you know, but who knows you. And keep in mind: Do not waste time wondering what some people can do for you, always keep in mind what you can do for your contacts.
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