It may seem like you’re the only one struggling in your career quest, but you are not alone. There are many others who are in your position and many more who have been there in the past. In order to be successful, you must tap into your resources – people in your network. Gather ideas from others in your situation and leverage like-minded professionals for best practices and tips.
Whether you’re a student, working in a current position or in the process of job hunting, it’s important to build relationships with your peers. Look at your classmates, colleagues or anyone you know as resources you can learn from.
“Add your classmates or other professionals in your industry on LinkedIn,” says Natalie Busse, career services coordinator for Globe University. “Keep those connections even after you graduate or find a job, and get advice, learn from their struggles and share experiences.”
Campus alumni events, professional organization meetings or industry meet-ups are all great ways to meet people who can help you in your career. Busse recommends getting to know as many professionals as possible, no matter which field they’re in, because you never know what connections they may have.
“Someone’s uncle, mom or friend could work in that hospital you’ve been trying to get into,” she says. “Expand your network so that you have access to these people and their knowledge.”
Industry professionals who have been there know the best practices for resume writing, interviewing and everything in between. It’s important to hear from those people so you can use their advice to help yourself.
Experiences, ideas and tidbits of advice can help you, as well as those in your network, but you have to be willing to share them. Busse says the most important thing to remember when interacting with others is to be direct.
“Post on social media that you’re looking for a job in a certain field in a certain city, and list your strengths,” she says. “Share your passion, authenticity and story with your network of connections.”
Those relationships you’ve built with others can come in handy no matter what stage of the job search you’re in. Share best practices with others, and they’ll do the same with you.
“Connecting with people who have been in the same position as you can help you gain insight on how they landed their job,” Busse says. “Then you can transfer that advice and apply it to your own situation.”
Busse says the job search can be a long, discouraging process, but it’s about using your network to find success.
“It’s about finding the right fit,” she says. “Find encouragement in others. The Internet can only do so much for you.”
Connecting with the right people, sharing ideas and learning from others can be beneficial. With some good advice, you’ll be prepared to take on whatever your career search may bring. To learn more about Globe University and career support services visit www.globeuniversity.edu/about-us/career-services.