Platinum, Gold and Silver networking: use your connections to find a job

Platinum, Gold and Silver networking: use your connections to find a job

Platinum, Gold and Silver networking: use your connections to find a job

Platinum, Gold and Silver networking: use your connections to find a job

by John Tarnoff 19/06/2019

“Chase relationships, not job openings.” This is a mantra I share with everyone when it comes to networking.

Power Boosting your Job Search

 

The paradigm is shifting – job hunting is no longer a resume game. In the digital age, we have to be more proactive about nurturing a network of relationships to get us in the door before a job opening is even posted.

Trying to land a job without a pre-existing network today is like trying to win a war without an army. Being part of an active network significantly increases your chances of landing a job, but also landing the best job for you.

 

Activating your Network


What is an active network? It goes beyond your contact list or address book, Facebook friends, former colleagues, college classmates, or the members of your union, guild, or professional association. Knowing someone does not always equate to having an active relationship with them.  

Building a strong active network, requires you to be thoughtful and consider who best to advance your career goals. Consider who can help you get a job and also maintain a successful job. Much like all relationships, an active network requires nurture – it’s a two-way street of giving and receiving.

The first step is to focus on being a giver – a giver of encouragement, expertise, empathy, insight, support, and information. If you are perceived as a giver of time, energy, knowledge, and other resources, people will look forward to hearing from you because you will usually be offering them something: an article you just read, a valuable experience you wanted to share, and they’ll enjoy connecting with you. Giving builds trust and positions you positively. You will deliver the best impression when you network by giving, not by leading with your need.

It can be challenging, but it’s worth the investment.  Over time, your active network will reciprocate with job leads and often smart connections. But there’s more.  They will also often pre-sell you for that amazing new job opportunity.  Therefore, not only does your network become an information and referral source, they also become your cheerleading squad.  It’s a double win win for you. 

 

 

Where to begin

 

Start by dividing all the contacts in your database into three groups—Platinum, Gold, and Silver.

-Your Platinum group is your smallest group. It may include only a handful of people—but they are vitally important. They are your de facto “board of directors,” the people with whom you are closest and with whom you let your hair down and can be vulnerable. They are people with who you connect with on your career goals and practice your job interview skills. They are compassionate, encouraging, and have your best interests at heart.

 

-Your Gold group are those with whom you have a good working relationship—people who are, at the very least, “in your corner.” They are like-minded individuals who may or may not work in the same field as you. You may have done business with them as coworker, client, or vendor. You may know them socially or through your community activities. 

 

-Your Silver group is the largest, most general group. These are the people you’ve met who have the potential to be members of your Gold group. They are people whose business cards you have collected at networking events, conferences, or business meetings; friends of friends who have asked to join your network on LinkedIn; colleagues present or former whom you barely know but whom you could call or email based on shared connections.

 

In this methodology, networking contacts start out as Silver, progress to Gold, and in a few special cases wind up as Platinum. Your life and career are fluid, so your network will be, too. Your Gold and Platinum contacts may change when you get a new job or start a new business and need to develop a different set of resources. Equally as important, you will also participate as a Silver, Gold, or Platinum member of other people’s networks.

This will help you find and develop relationships with people who think as you do, appreciate what you have to offer, are grateful for the assistance and support you provide for them, and are willing to connect you to job openings, people who can hire you, or people who will help you launch your own business. Building and continually nurturing these relationships is the best way of bypassing the frustrating process of chasing after job postings and never getting a response.

 

In today’s marketplace, successfully activating your network is the best strategy to quickly finding not only a job, but the job that is best suited for you.

 

 

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The best free online tools to create a job-winning CV

The best free online tools to create a job-winning CV

The best free online tools to create a job-winning CV

The best free online tools to create a job-winning CV

by Talentese Team 13/06/2019

There’s no second chance to make the first impression – you won’t get another opportunity to impress an HR if your CV ends up in a discard pile. Grammar mistakes, inappropriate format, absence of keywords for the position – make sure your resume is an eye-catcher only in positive ways!

 

Take care of your virtual appearance on the job market with the help of free online tools to create a great CV!

1. Kickresume.com

The main problem for you is that you don’t have a proper CV at all? Then Kickresume.com might be the perfect resource to get started – it offers easily adjustable templates for different job types. You have to just fill them with your information – service will even suggest some phrases for you to use if you’re struggling to find the right words to describe your job responsibilities/studies etc.

The most basic features and templates are free, for some of them you have to upgrade for the pro version.

 

2. Canva.com

You’re quite satisfied with the content of your CV, but miss some fancy design? Use one of the hundreds of templates at canva.com – choose from the standard ones to the ones that might be a perfect fit even for a professional designer. You’re fully flexible to change not only texts but also layout elements, structure etc.

It is totally possible to create and download your CV without even spending a cent – templates are free and the only things you might have to buy extra are some design elements (e.g. backgrounds, icons) or just replace them with your own.

 

3. Grammar.ly

There’s nothing more painful than having a grammar mistake in your CV where you have “attention to details” as one of your skills. Feed the copy of your resume to the online version of the grammar.ly app or use of the offered browser extensions. The service is capable of catching spelling mistakes as well as misused words etc.

You can use all the basic features for free – standard functionalities cover all you need for checking a CV.

 

4. Skillroads.com

Do you want to learn how your CV looks in the eyes of HR managers and – as important nowadays – is appraised by automated algorithms most of the companies use to pre-filter candidates? Use skillroads.com to identify common resume problems and get some recommendations on how to fix them. Apart from basic tips on the length, styling, typos, you might actually gain some valuable insights if the wording you’re using is appropriate, if you pay enough attention to all the sections etc.

General appraisal and getting the scores are free, however, you have to pay to get some further professional editing if needed.

 

 

 

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