In this beautiful season which so many people refer to as their favorite, our collective spirit may seem somewhat dampened by an economy that has hurt so many of our peers, family and friends. My own family and circle has not gone unscathed. These are challenging times indeed!
There’s little each of us can do, as individuals, to change things at the macro level. However, there are important steps we can each take to insure that we afford ourselves with opportunities to be gainfully employed should we be handed a pink slip.
One of the best steps we can take is to use our diverse networks of family, friends, associates and peers. In an article EDI Specialists recently broadcast, it was noted that only about 5% of job seekers landed a job via the open market.
A major portion of successful job searches is the result of networking and word of mouth referrals. I can attest to this first-hand. Unfortunately, many job seekers wait until they have lost their job before trying to figure out what networks are available to them and how best to cultivate these networks as they seek employment.
Professionals, of every stripe, should establish, join and participate in networks as a matter of routine and, usually, as a way to enhance their knowledge and careers. I say “usually” because not all networks need to be career related. Networks can be church groups, volunteers groups, hobby associations, etc.
From a personal standpoint, one of the best networks in which I am associated is the New England Electronic Commerce Users’ Group.
For years, we’ve been drawing new and veteran attendees alike to our formal meetings. I’ve seen companies merge, people get married, peers find jobs, and vendors acquire clients, all as a result of the elbow rubbing which occurs during each conference. Those of us who attend on a regular basis find some comfort in knowing that we can reach out to people we’ve met, without that sense of awkwardness that might come if you reach out to someone unfamiliar or without any idea of who you are or what you do.
I encourage all professionals to seek out groups relevant to your skills and position. Don’t be totally passive, either. Volunteer for things. There is always a need for promotion, speakers, meeting setup, etc. Like most everything else in life, the more you put into it, the more you can get from it. Be proactive and “at cause” when it comes to your own career. Don’t wait until things go wrong or you get desperate. Make friends. Offer help or guidance to others in need. Be willing to refer the right people to the right prospective employers and vice-versa. Kindness and assistance is always remembered - and usually repaid in one form or another.
We, at EDI Specialists, and Key IT, wish you all a safe and happy Fall Season.
Wayne from Maine
EDI Specialists is currently offering a referral program where you can earn up to $500 for each successful referral and there is no cap on how much can be earned. For more information, visit here or contact Wayne Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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