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Let EVERYONE Know When You Are Looking for a Job

The job search continues. Everyone knows you are looking and they will be sure to update you about anything they see, right? Wrong! Your friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, peers – your entire network – are all busy and are focused on their own lives and careers. The people that they interact with changes every day and it’s important that you are always on the top of their minds. Many people looking to break into their chosen career spend time in retail or as a waiter/waitress or many other similar positions where they interact with a high volume of people. You never know where your next job lead might arise! Work your career search into conversations on a daily basis with the people you interact with both personally and professionally. Remind your network occasionally that you are looking and what types of positions you are seeking (what buzz words should trigger them to think of you?).

Recently, one of our Recruiters heard a waiter having one of these conversations with another table and asked the waiter about his job search. It turned out he was looking for a position the Recruiter was actively seeking. They exchanged information and the waiter started a new career two weeks later!

Every day, you must remind your network that you are looking and what you are looking for. Don’t assume they will remember, but if you gently remind them (send them updates on your search and what positions are exciting to you) they will remember and you will have expanded your network ten times over.

2 Comments

  1. drmrgd on October 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Although I’m a scientist and not an HR person, I would think that looking for a job is hardly a fireable offense.  As a matter of fact, if a company did fire you for exploring career opportunities, I’m fairly certain you’d have a good case for lawsuit on your hands, especially if you don’t have any personnel issues already with the company. 

    Frankly I like having my current employer know that I’m actively looking at other opportunities.  It gives them the message that they’re not treating me as well as I’d like, and also gives them the opportunity to sweeten things up a bit for me.  And, if they don’t, then it’s even more reason to leave; they obviously don’t care if you’re there or not!

  2. Christopher Dieni on October 26, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I’m going to ask the dreaded question that a lot of people might be thinking.

    You start actively advertising to EVERYONE you know (and then some!) that you’re looking for a job. Unfortunately, this comes full circle- your current employer finds out that you’re looking to leave their employment, and in an ugly turn of events, you end up losing your current job before you’ve found a new one to replace it.
    What then?
    I can imagine the response I’m going to get it something like “it’s all part of the risk of looking for a new job” or something along those lines. Still though, it’s a valid question. Can you over-advertise and have it backfire on you?
    Thanks!
    P.S. where are these fabled recruiters you keep writing about Travis? Granted, I’m very very far from San Diego, but I’ve never been approached by a recruiter, nor have I heard of anyone I know being approached by one either.

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