Why Networking Is More Important Than Your Resume

By Monday, February 25, 2013 6 Permalink 0

why networking is more important than your resume

By Me. For EBONY. Check out some of the article below:

Did you know that even with a spotless résumé, you can still end up at the bottom of the candidate pool? There’s a group ahead of you, a group that’s gone the extra step in their search. Who am I talking about? The networkers.

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is more than a poignant cliché, especially in today’s market. A good number of the people interviewing for the job you know you’re qualified for found a way to “warm up” their application. And if they don’t land this job, there will be other interviews because they already have people selling for them—if even just a few words. It could be as simple as “This person has been active on our Facebook page,” or “I’ve engaged with this person on Facebook/Twitter. Their application is worth taking a looking at.”

Referral candidates may not always get interviewed, but they at least get an optimistic look because someone within the company recommended them, or allowed them to use their name while applying. That’s when the spotless résumé gets to do the talking. And if it does its job, the candidate gets to do the talking next.

Networking doesn’t just mean popping up at every job fair. You also have social media platforms at your disposal that make it easy to connect with people at companies you’d like to work for, or industries you’d like to work in. Here are a few simple ways to step up your social networking game.

LinkedIn

Effective networking on LinkedIn is more than sending out invites. It’s about joining groups, engaging in conversation and reaching out to people with relevant backgrounds and saying, “I checked out your page and was impressed with your background. I’m also in X field and would love to have you in my network.”

If your approach is on point, the person you reach out to, or members of the group you’re commenting in, will visit your profile. If they’re equally impressed at what they see, they may keep you in mind if an opening comes up, or be more likely to reply when you reach out to them. You’ll also hear about jobs that you may not have had access to otherwise. And guess what you get to write on the application when you see “How did you hear about this position?”

A real person.

Click here to read the rest over at EBONY.com.

Rich

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