Statistically speaking, you have a 6-7 percent chance of finding a job through a job search engine.
It may be quick and easy when applying for multiple positions but when you consider that most job seekers are doing exactly the same thing, you’ll realize this passive approach should only be a small part of your overall strategy.
You already know that the best way to get a job is through networking. It’s not quick and it’s certainly not easy, but it gets results. How you write, how you speak, and how you present yourself are vital to succeeding in the current job market. Here are some resources that will make a difference.
There are more than 4,000 listings when you search Linked-in groups for ‘Information Technology’. Investing your time, you can research the groups that are a perfect fit for your career interests. Rather than jumping right in, listen to discussions so you can understand how people communicate and the language they use.
Linked-in will be distinctly different from other social networks, so look to the experts for an understanding of this environment. Jason Alba writes practical, easy to understand books about using social networking tools. His book on Linked-in is an excellent guide to getting the most from your profile.
I’m on LinkedIn–Now What???
Representing yourself as business savvy, technically knowledgeable, and willing to share your expertise with others will position you to receive tremendous value from your contributions.
Being well positioned to network means having an excellent resume, a positive attitude, and personable networking skills. Although typically not a comfortable task for IT professionals, networking is a necessity. I’ve compiled a list of industry resources where you can meet like-minded individuals. Look for local chapters in your area.
DAMA International (DAMA)
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Association for Information Systems (AIS)
Association for Women in Computing (AWC)
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
Canada Information Processing Society (CIPS)
International Association of Software Architects (IASA)
The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI)
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)
Quality Assurance Institute (QAI)
Women in Technology International (WITI)
Everyone can learn how to network at industry events. There are any number of books that can teach you to get value from networking. One of my favorites is written by Sandy Jones-Kaminski and Jason Alba.
I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event
‘Get connected and stay connected’ is my singular advice for finding your next job. Now, more than ever before, the best jobs are hidden from public view. Connecting with others is an opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun–take advantage of the resources available to you. You never know, the next person you meet might know about the job that is a perfect fit for you.