Facilitated Networking

Networking, in person and virtually, is critical to the job search process. While it is often easier to focus on responding to help wanted ads and online job listings, research and career counselors have found that nothing is more important than reaching out to people you know for advice, information about a field or occupation, and referrals to others.

facilitatednetworking.jpgRutgers University Career Services (UCS), an official NSCN partner, recommends that you use a process they have called Facilitated Networking.  This involves asking your initial contacts to personally call, email or otherwise reach out to their contacts on your behalf, as opposed to just getting contact information for you to use directly. It may seem obvious, but many job seekers fail to do this!

Many long-term unemployed job seekers worry that they have long since run through their contacts and are afraid to reach out to family members, former co-workers, and others. Even so, you must try.This article by AARP goes over the importance of networking, and gives you tips on how to do it well so you can network your way into your next job.

If you haven’t done so already, you might join a peer support group or job club as a first step. You might also look for industry groups that have networking meetings, such as chapters of the Garden State Council-SHRM. NJ’s Talent Networks, may also offer support for your networking activities.

In addition, University Career Services at Rutgers has given NSCN members access to Candid Career, where you can find career video interviews and connect with Rutgers Alumni industry experts who have agreed to help job seekers. Career Shift, another UCS career tool, provides inside contact information with email addresses for hundreds of companies.