The Power of Networking


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I remember hearing a statistic once that roughly 70-80% of jobs are never posted. So if most jobs never even make it to a website like Monster, where do they go? Well according to an NPR article, “the vast majority of hiring is friends and acquaintances hiring other trusted friends and acquaintances”. For a company taking a leap of faith and hiring someone solely based on their resume and cover letter is extremely risky. The candidate might look nice on paper and can perform well in an interview, but what if they are not a team player? Those traits are what you find out about people after the fact.

I have taken this into consideration when applying for jobs after graduation. I have decided to keep an open mind and explore different cities and career paths with the hopes of finding one that sticks. The trouble is that the process is terribly overwhelming when scouring the web for job postings, only to find out that there are little to none available.

Networking is a skill I have been slowly cultivating over the years. As someone who struggles with asking people for favors, it’s hard for me to set up an informational interview or ask someone to put in a good word for me. I decided to give it a try and was happy to realize that most of the time people are thrilled to help because they too were once in my position. At one point or another everyone has to start from the beginning and having someone on the inside drastically increases your chance of a company taking a leap of faith on your behalf. So if you are like me, don’t worry! Bite the bullet and ask about someone’s job or company and see where it takes you.

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