LET YOURSELF BE
KNOWN DURING YOUR JOB SEARCH
Ratkoczy - Executive Career Management Consultant
Create a name
for yourself in the community whether in your hometown or out in
As you may
have heard in the past “Is not what you know but who you know” I’ll
go and add something else to the equation, which many forget and
might be even more powerful than anything else you may do and that
is; who knows you!
relationships with individuals is one of the most powerful methods
there is to find opportunities, also known as networking. But the
only issue with this great approach is time, one relationship at the
time, let’s face it, takes “time”.
question is; how do I maximize the networking process and while
building relationships I leverage my time and do it at a faster
pace? Well you probably guess it, have contact with individuals in
groups at one time. Remember the saying; “Everyone knows somebody or
something you don’t” multiply this same fact by ten, twenty or even
exercise will help you not only in the networking process but it
also will through the assessment of your qualifications prepare for
resume building, interviewing and even the negotiation process of
your job search.
What do you do
best? And what do I want to continue doing? Should be questions you
ask yourself. After all you don’t want to advertise something you
are if that is not what you would like to continue doing in the
future. I want to insist on this point and make sure you are clear.
I have encounter in my career many clients that basically introduce
themselves as what they were and not as what they want to become.
Is hard to
introduce yourself with a smile and contagious passion when you are
almost hoping nobody will hire you for that job you don’t want.
Guess what? They probably won’t. If your networking contacts are not
naturally inclined to recommend you they will not do so because you
ask them to.
Once you have
decided what you want to be when you grow up, then and only then
start your self marketing. Create your verbal commercial or
introduction, remember that depending on the audience it might be
thirty, sixty or ninety seconds long.
Get out in
public and start networking. Teach an adult-education class
or offer a free workshop in your area of expertise. Volunteer in an
expert capacity in and around your town for local organizations and
schools or at community events.
Go online in
virtual communities to network, share news and exchange career tips.
Get your fellow professionals buzzing about you. One of them could
lead you to your next job.
that some of you may find to speak in public difficult after all
research indicates that most of us prefer not to do it if it can be
avoided. You are not alone, if that’s how you feel. But as anything
else in life practice makes perfect. And you know it’s actually
I have personally experienced this miracle myself. In my young years
I remember when I was invited to a wedding where I was asked to be
the best man for the groom. Needless to say I was honored but at the
same time horrified on the prospect of having to get up in this
small wedding of thirty or so and say a few words. That’s all I
could think about until the day of the ceremony. As we went to the
reception my heart was pounding in my chest and even my vision was
blurry. The reception was moving on and I tried to be busy and hoped
they never ask me to speak, well not such luck. The groom approached
me and said; “It’s time to say a few words” I looked at him and
responded; “ I have nothing prepared”, he insisted “Just say
I did not see a way out of this one. I got up and said a few words
and believe me when I say, I have no idea what that was. All I
remember is people looking at me and waiting. I felt out of breath
and my vision was fuzzy. After all I made it. I remember this event
so clearly because it was the beginning of the end. I found myself
in other situations socially or professionally where I had to speak,
and it got easier and easier. I also got better and better. I have
to say that now I love to get in front of an audience and speak.
Don’t be concern is just natural and it happens to the best of us.
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