Jobs & Networking

  • ChicagoSteve

    Posts: 1272

    Oct 31, 2015 1:28 AM GMT
    Hey guys,
    A while back I mentioned that my job is probably going to be eliminated due to an acquisition by another company. Last Friday my boss took us to lunch and mentioned if he was able to help in any way to let him know. I mentioned I had submitted an application to another company but had not heard anything. He then told me he was a close friend with a manager at that company, He said he would send him a recommendation. Literally, not 3 hours after he told me he had sent his friend an email, the HR department from that company called me and I have an interview on Monday. Just wondered how many of you have secured jobs through networking?
  • SilverRRCloud

    Posts: 872

    Oct 31, 2015 3:41 AM GMT
    Add me to your listicon_biggrin.gif

    Companies hire people because they need them. For a company, you, I and everyone else they hire are an expenditure. They have to pay us, and they are expecting to benefit from our work. Hiring a guy they have never heard/known anything about is a risk. The risk they are trying to minimize by all means available to them.

    Hence, they network, too. Sure, there is no guarantee in life that a guy with good references is going to be a good worker, employee, contractor, etc.. Yet, this is the best known method to reduce their risks associated with hiring anyone.

    All companies will pay you in dollars, euros, or whatever the currency may be. So, until they are sure that you are any good for them, they are taking the risk. It only makes sense for them to keep that risk as low as possible.

    Networking for jobs is not a universal panacea for the companies, but they are likely to start their selection process with the guys who have working, easy-to-prove references. If they are not comfortable with them, they'll go down the list, and look into other available options. But, they, too, have got to start somewhere.

    Good Luck!

    SC
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    Oct 31, 2015 1:52 PM GMT
    All of my business has come from word of mouth from my other clients. I never advertise, market or do any sort of reach out. If you do a better job than your competition, people will knock on your door. if you are just an average little cog, no one cares.

  • FitBlackCuddl...

    Posts: 800

    Oct 31, 2015 5:02 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidHey guys,
    A while back I mentioned that my job is probably going to be eliminated due to an acquisition by another company. Last Friday my boss took us to lunch and mentioned if he was able to help in any way to let him know. I mentioned I had submitted an application to another company but had not heard anything. He then told me he was a close friend with a manager at that company, He said he would send him a recommendation. Literally, not 3 hours after he told me he had sent his friend an email, the HR department from that company called me and I have an interview on Monday. Just wondered how many of you have secured jobs through networking?


    Have gotten day-labor gigs, but no ongoing work. Seems tough to find people who are well-connected that REALLY want to help.

    Best wishes with the interview.