(Closed) Has networking ever directly landed you a job?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 32
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sort of. The job I have now I found out about because an old coworker worked there and she told me they were hiring. She put in a good word for me and I ended up getting the job, but I had to go through a normal application and interview process just like everyone else.

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee

Yup. I got my previous job because of networking. I started with some targeted cold calls/letters and kept in touch with the HR manager and when a job came up, she gave me a call and I was in. 

I’ve gotten an internship offer through networking as well. I simply asked to talk to the person about their job and how they got into it and it always evolved into asking if they know of any positions and/or anyone else they can suggest I talk to. And I’m currently interviewing with a company a friend of mine works at. It works but it takes some time and dedication. 

Post # 34
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

One job I got through an old school friend on Facebook.  Another was support staff at my school who I got to know and when he moved companies I bumped into him through mutual friends and he offered me an unadvertised job.

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I run my own business and it is very much network based !!

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes, I think it’s probably the best (and sometimes only) way to get a job nowadays, especially if it’s a career-type job in corporate America. In fact, that’s how I got my current job after I finished getting an MBA. One of the senior managers remembered me from a previous position and when this one opened up, he contacted me. I had been applying to places in the traditional manner but they definitely didn’t pan out. In terms of contacts, the closer your contact is to the hiring manager, the better. In this case, he was like one step over and after one lunch with the hiring manager, I was hired within a few hours. Otherwise, considering how many people are applying for those few positions, it is easy to overlook your resume with the hundreds of others.

In addition, networking also helps with getting into a position that’s not yet even available or they may want you so badly they’ll create a position for you.

Post # 37
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I personally haven’t.  I’ve gotten a job because a coworker knew of the job or worked for the company. It was all through people I knew beforehand. I don’t know if that counts as networking. I think of networking as in meeting new people in other fields.

My husband has.  We were at the bank getting new checking accounts since we just moved.  My husband mentioned having a hard time finding a job. Well, the manager at the bank that was helping us open the account, told us that she works for another company and that company could use someone with his experience.  It was great and very lucky. He was pretty much hopeless prior to that. He was submitting resumes and getting no call backs.

I think it helps to network!

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I got my current job, firstly, because I was highly qualified, but also because my mentor at my last job was on an industry panel with my current lab director. I am very grateful for the opportunities that networking have opened up for me!

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I got my job very easy (I work at a high school as a tutor) because I graduated from this school years ago and the staff still knows me. I got good recommendations from teachers as well, and my interview was quick and short. This job isn’t necessarily the job I really want, but it’s good job that pays my bills, food, other necessities and transportation expenses while I am finishing my Bachelor’s.

Needless to say, the interview went smoothly 🙂 I think it’s easier to get a job when you know people, and especially when they can put in a good word for you. It might be a trust issue because people might feel uneasy about strangers and people they are unfamiliar with. But, that’s just the education field and my experience with my little part time job.

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I used to be an employment counsellor teaching those techniques. Networking really works. I don’t know where you are in Canada, but try to find Job Searching Clubs in your area; they have a specific method to networking and will show you how to go about it.

I personally landed jobs by networking, but also by applying to postings. All promotions were landed by networking.  I guess that all you have to remember is that employers will usually post a job offer as a last resort when they could find no one that they already know or have heard of – posting a job is more expensive (the add, sorting all resumes that come in, interviewing a bunch of people…) and more risky (you don’t know after an interview if the person will actually be good at the job or if they’re really just good at talking during interviews).

 

 

 

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