Here’s an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding:
When you’re networking, ask for a reference, not a job.
Whether you’re doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your main goal is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your aim.
Last month I mentioned that companies are hiring. Today, I’ll remind you that they have already hired. Even with the economy just puttering along, companies are always looking to replaced departed employees, fill new positions, and add people where demand requires it. That’s why we have over 100,000 professional jobs on TheLadders right now.
Now that the Vince Lombardi trophy has been awarded, the commercials have been laughed at, applauded, or panned, and you think you finally got all of the chip dip out of the carpet, it’s time for you to get on to your super week of job searching.
To help, I’ve drafted our 46 best tips from the archives. Among the thousands of suggestions, thoughts, and practical bits of advice we’ve given out over the past eight years, these 46 have risen to the top. They’re the most useful — and the most used — job search tips we have.
I’ve been writing this newsletter for nine years now and I’m asked for career advice all the time. So I thought I’d help you get off to a great start here in 2012 with my single best career tip, which is:
When it gets to that part of the interview with your future boss where they ask, “well, do you have any questions for me?”, say yes, and ask:
“How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?”
This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice I’ve shared over the years.
Well, the interview process lends itself to our becoming self-absorbed and talking only about ourselves.
Or conversely, we become “job analysis engineers” and ask all sorts of questions about the job and reporting structure and how it fits in with the company’s five year plan and so on. I love getting questions from candidates in interviews, but I do have to admit I feel that they’re not quite getting the point of an interview if they pull out six pages of typed, single-spaced questions.
We get so obsessed with the details of the job that we forget about the work.
Working together and being a good addition to the team mean being concerned with how you are making the team successful. And that means being concerned with how much you are helping to make your boss successful.
Asking this question shows that you have empathy. It shows that you have an interest in your boss’ career and future success. It shows that you are not just a self-absorbed “what’s in it for me” kind of person. And it shows that you know you are there to “give” as much as you are there to “get”.
Subscribers like you say the interviewer’s face lights up when they ask this question. I have heard time and time again from our four-and-a-half million subscribers how effective it’s been in interviews:
It’s an easy tip to implement in your job search: it’s easy to do, easy to understand and it’s easy to measure.
So thank you, Dear Readers, for all you’ve done for me over these past nine years, and I will continue to do all I can for you, now and in the future.
Have a great 2012!
Perhaps one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get a new boss, Readers. Well, if it’s time for you to get ready for a new job in the new year, here’s how TheLadders, your job matching service, can help:
We’ll learn more about you and match you up with over 100,000 jobs — delivering you only the ones that we think make the most sense for you.
Over 15,000 employers and recruiters use TheLadders to find employees, and you can sign up to hear from them directly when they have new jobs or new information.
How you present yourself to your new boss is important. We’ll have a CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) re-write your resume for you.
We’ve written hundreds of articles on the job search on topics such as: working with recruiters, networking, interviewing, anxiety & depression in the job search, and personal branding. They’re all free and can be a big help in figuring out the sometimes dizzying world of a job search.
And if you’d like to get guaranteed results, sign up with Signature to get a 1-on-1 Career Advisor to help your through every step of your job search and land an offer.
Well, here’s to making 2012 a great year for you, your new boss, and all of us!
You should follow me and my colleagues on Twitter here.
We’ve been developing our Twitter presence for a couple years now, and what we’ve discovered is that you love to be kept up-to-date, intrigued, and informed on the latest in careers and job search.
So a few times a day, every day, we’ll tweet the most interesting or compelling items we’ve found that day.
During the month of December, that’s included:
Our Thank-You Note Quiz
For Better or for Worse — How to Help Your Partner Through the Job Hunt
Did a co-worker friend you on Facebook? Read this before accepting
Meet our staff & find out why we say: Your career is our job™ [vid]
An Introvert’s Guide to Resume Self-Promotion
For these, and a lot, lot more, you should follow me and my colleagues on Twitter here.
So during this week of returning gifts, preparing for the future, and hauling a lighter load at the office, take some time to catch up on our tweets, and we’ll all be ready for a great new year!