Nothing Beats Networking Face to Face

Susan Hall
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10 Tips for Getting that IT Job

There's work out there, if you know how to get it.

Who could resist a Forbes article entitled, "The One Thing You Should Do to Find a Job in 2011"?


It sounds so easy, right? I'll just do this one thing.


Actually, it's a take on a column in The New York Observer in which four recently hired high-profile media people tell how they got their jobs, which was through face-to-face networking. And the column starts out with them saying the meetings they had with potential employers weren't interviews, exactly.


Forbes writer Susan Adams quotes Orville Pierson, author of "Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job," saying:

It happens everywhere. If you're the hiring manager, your first choice, your safest choice, your best bet, is to hire someone you already know. Your second choice is someone who is known by someone you know.

In the interviews I did during the height of the layoffs during the economic crunch, one career coach actually put a number on the amount of face-to-face networking required to get a job: 150. You need to go out and talk in person with 150 people to find your next job. I don't know that you can be that specific about it, but suffice to say the number is "a lot." That can be really tough for some IT pros, who might not be the glad-handing type to begin with.


Adams also quotes Roy Cohen, a job coach and author of "The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide," and suggests going into your contacts and inviting them to coffee. Just coffee. It doesn't have to be that hard. And don't forget your contacts outside your job field as well. As I quoted previously from a post:

The way you land your dream job is unpredictable. It could surface in the least-expected place, such as in the serving line as you volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter. You have no idea who might be volunteering right next to you ... or who they know.

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