If there is a job going in our business, we will give it to a family member first.
If no one in our family wants the job, we will check our friends or our friends’ kids.
We give jobs to people we know. It’s always been like that.
Most jobs don’t get advertised. We give jobs to family and friends, or friends of friends. If we can’t find someone through our network and have to advertise, we will try to find someone who is like us.
Five tips that will help you to network your way into opportunities.
1. Don’t be phony
Australians hate crawlers. We hate people who try to be your friend just for what they can get from you.
Stick to your values and be true to yourself first. If people don’t like the real you, it isn’t worth trying to be someone you are not.
Check Are You Living Your Best Possible Life to make sure you are on the right track.
2. Be Nice
Sir Richard Branson is one of the richest guys in the world and everyone loves him.
He is always smiling.
I bet he isn’t always happy, or nice, but most of us don’t see that. Everyone wants him on their team. He is fun. I want to know him.
Be nice, smile.
3. Be Seen
If people haven’t seen you for ages they are not going to think of you when a job comes up.
Sitting at home in your pyjamas, waiting for an opportunity to knock, is not going to help.
Random visits to friends, footy games, family picnics are a good step. Always let people know that you are looking for work and what sort of work you are looking for.
You can also become more targeted with your desire to be seen and noticed.
Check The Ultimate Career Beginners Guide to make sure you are following a plan.
I went to school with Greg Yurisich who became a world famous opera singer.
Greg left school and went to work in a clerical job for the ABC in Perth. It didn’t take long for him to get to know people in the orchestra, and to meeting singers visiting from all parts of the world.
Greg was seen in the ABC in Perth long before he performed in all the major opera houses and concert halls of the world. Having a magnificent voice was a good start, but there is nothing more common than wasted talent. Part of Greg’s success strategy was making sure people knew he existed.
4. Do stuff
Join a club, do volunteer work, play sport. You can’t change the world sitting at home in your pyjamas.
The more people you know, the more likely you are to find job leads. Your perfect employer isn’t going to come knocking at your door.
Find Guy Kawasaki’s tips on how to get people to like you HERE.
5. Unearth Your Own Network
Even a hermit on a deserted island probably has a friend who misses him.
It can be hard to see what is right in front of you.
Try creating a mind map of all the people who could possibly help you.
For each person put one thing that they could do to help you.
You can find a sample mind map HERE.
Ask a friend or family member to figure how each part of your network could possibly help you to find work.
Add social media connections to your mind map
Get a LinkedIn account, clean up your social media, join groups that represent your interests and start connecting.
Put your ideas into a list, figure out where to start and work through your list.