- Networking is an opportunity to learn: About the market, your strengths (sell) and weaknesses (mitigate) and where the opportunities are.
- Invest time in meeting people. This allowed me to narrow my sector search and find the gaps (jobs) I could exploit in the market.
- 2/3/4 order of contacts. In essence the layers you will have to go through before you may find a hirer and firer, so don’t stop even when you land a role!
- Don’t be afraid to get around and have a few coffees with the most unlikely of people in the sector, you never know who they may know.
- Never leave a meeting without getting two more people to get in touch with.
- Be flexible and seize opportunities. Don’t hold a rigid plan, but have an idea of your range.
- CV handed down is better than upwards through HR. Leverage your network.
- Make sure you get your most trusted in the network to provide robust feedback on your CV. This will hurt but it is essential to create a winning product.
- Get an idea of the house style (1 page, 2, Cover letter etc).
- Get the badges and qualifications. Get them on the CV and LinkedIn, to show currency.
- Enrol on company websites directly and add a CV tailored to that role.
- Don’t do generic catchall CVs or eMails, in house HRs tend to put a lot more effort into finding the right fit than agencies.
- This is essential and not a nice to have, it needs to be smart and professional.
- It is your public branding and will signify your reputation and vision.
- Networking contacts (potential employers) expect to be stalked prior to meetings as an indicator of interest and background preparation. Expect the same.
Be able to answer 3 questions
- Why do you want to join our firm? Detail our firm.
- Why that role?
- Why you?