Looking For Work? It’s Not All Just Networking!Posted: 25th of March 2015 by
Pretty much everybody who has got a job will be all too happy to offer you some advice about how to get one yourself. They will come out with all sorts of useful pieces of advice, such as how it is important to network to find a job, or that you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. Such advice is OK for many circumstances, but such clichéd views can come with their own problems. In fact, there are many nuances to getting a job, as with anything else in life. It depends who you are, where you are, and what you want to do – not to mention all of the different possible views and perceptions of the people you are dealing with (employers, etc). However, there are some clichéd pieces of career advice that can still hold up – so long as you give them a little clarification for today’s job market.
For example, there is the commonly held notion that finding work is all about who you know. Nepotism makes the world go around, they say, just look at how many businesses offer contracts to their friends in other firms. Who you know can certainly make a difference, and can also be a great tool to find your first job. If you know someone whose company are looking for a new employee, or even if you have family with a business that would happily give you a job, then that is great.
A lot of people speak with their friends and family in order to find work. It makes sense – they know you, so why would they want to offer the job to someone they had never met, right?
Well, not quite. You see, it is not just about who you know, but also about you being able to do the job. Even if you somehow blag your way into a job at your uncle’s firm, you will need to show that you have got what it takes to do the job, or you may find yourself rapidly falling out of favour. You need to prove your worth at work in order to keep the job – even if it is working with your own family or friends. They will soon get sick of carrying you if you can’t pull your weight at work, while other employees will resent you for seeming to be having an easy ride.
Of course, not everyone has a family member with a company of their own, or even knows anyone with any useful contacts to help them find work. If this is the case, you can still use a little bit of nepotism to get ahead, you just have to reverse the formula. Instead of proving your worth once you have been given the job, you have to prove your worth first. From there you can use the contacts of others to get yourself out there.
Let’s say, for example, you set up as a gardener. If you do a good job for a neighbour, they will be more likely to recommend you to their friends and family should they also want someone to come in and do some work. Whatever you are doing, if you can do a good job and remain friendly and polite you can build both your reputation, and your network at the same time. You will need both to truly get ahead!
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