Use your resources in unusual ways to nurture your network.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, a holiday that celebrates love and affection with the exchange of candy and gifts. While the novelty of the day can provoke romance, everyone knows that a successful romantic relationship requires ongoing attention and nurturing. The same is true with your professional relationships.
It’s common knowledge that networking is an integral part of the job-search process. In fact, studies have shown that you’re ten times more likely to land a job when your application includes an employee referral. However, to get that referral, you first have to master the art of networking.
As my colleague Marc mentioned in his Monday newsletter, TheLadders published its quarterly list of top recruiting professionals in the United States.
I want to show you three unconventional ways you can use this list to show your network some love – and move your job search in the right direction.
1. Give the Gift of Information
When developing a new professional relationship, the worst thing you can do is immediately ask for favors or a job. Always look for opportunities to pay it forward. Learn more about the person so you can find ways to provide value. As a job seeker, you are learning a ton more about the job search than your average professional. When you find something that could be useful to your contacts, don’t be afraid to share it! Consider who in your network could benefit from this list of recruiters and share it with them.
2. Shower Them with Compliments
Let’s be honest – everyone likes receiving compliments. Use this Top Recruiter List as an excuse to connect with employers whose hiring needs match your job goals and qualifications. Use Facebook and Twitter to congratulate target employers who made the list. A simple search for their names or company names on either of these platforms should do the trick. If you’ve worked with one of these recruiters in the past and want to reestablish the relationship, use this list as an excuse to reach out and offer your congratulations.
3. Embrace a Peer Mentor
Mentors come in all shapes and sizes, each offering different types of support throughout your career. As a job seeker, consider identifying a peer mentor. Approach a fellow job seeker who’s in the same line of work and join forces. By checking in with one another on a weekly basis and sharing information, you’re automatically doubling your job-search efforts and resources. Concerned about the competition? It’s unlikely that both of you will have identical goals and be perfect for the exact same job. Get the ball rolling by sharing this recruiter list with your peer mentor.
Remember, networking isn’t simply about meeting people – it requires you to build meaningful connections and exchange information with those who prove valuable to your search. Use this list as a reason to reconnect with professional contacts and recruiters who are valuable to your search. And remember, this list spans all industries in the U.S., so share this information with fellow job seekers to strengthen your relationships and pay it forward.
Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders, the online job-matching service for career-driven professionals. She is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) who provides job search and career guidance for professionals looking to make their next career move. Have a question for Amanda? Submit your question here for a chance to have it answered in her weekly column, and be sure to follow @JobSearchAmanda on Twitter and "Like” her on Facebook for up-to-the-minute job-search advice.