Network to your next opportunity!

Ellen Steverson is a Resume and Interview professional who has helped people worldwide get the job of their dreams. Periodically we will host one of her posts for those of you either searching for work, or hiring candidates.  She can be reached at


  1. Use social media to arrange in-person get-togethers. For example, if you make a new contact on LinkedIn, if they are local, arrange to meet them in person. Technology makes networking easier, but face-to-face interaction is still the best way to network. For more information about effective networking, please contact StartingBlock Career Services.
  2. Networking is actually more important in a modern job search than ever before. It really is “who you know” more than “what you know.” But that doesn’t mean you have to have hundreds of friends on Facebook or attend networking events each week. Instead, you need to be strategic about making connections with people who can help you get the job you want. Whether that means creating a LinkedIn profile and connecting with previous co-workers and participating in LinkedIn Groups for those in your industry or letting a close circle of friends know that you’re looking for a new opportunity, it’s not about broadcasting to the world that you’re looking for a job — it’s about identifying the people you already know who can help introduce you to the people you need to get to know in order to move forward with your job search. Not sure what your next move is? Set up a coaching appointment by private messaging StartingBlock Career Services on Facebook!
  3. The people you know can be the best way for you to find your next job. The “tried and true” path of networking is still the most successful way to find your next position. According to a 2012 survey by Right Management, person-to-person networking is the single most effective way to find a new job, with 46% of jobseekers identifying networking as the reason they found their most recent job. Research consistently identifies networking as an important job search tool — anywhere from 40-80% of job placements are attributed to networking. Networking can also be a way to identify unadvertised job opportunities — accessing the “hidden job market.” (The “hidden job market” refers to jobs that are not advertised publicly. These positions may be filled through employee referrals, recruiters, or direct contact with hiring managers through networking.) It happens all the time. Someone in your network says, “You know what? You should talk to John Jones at the XYZ Company. They’re hiring.”