Should I network? How many rejection emails have you gotten? Are you continuing to do the same thing, or have you spent intentional time to reflect on why it isn’t working?
Let’s take a look at how WorkDay could be your friend. I typically write about how HRM’s are difficult to get through (and they are). But if you know how to work the system, it could completely work in your favor.
In this article, we explore the return on investment on the power of referrals. We all know that referred applicants get to the top of the list. It’s the same methodology with HRM’s (again – think algorithmic). If you have an internal referral, in conjunction with a digitally competitive resume, and overall application strategy, this should be quite seamless.
In this real-life scenario, a candidate was referred to a position at this company. As you can easily see, this is an automated email from our friend, WorkDay (noted in red).
Where this is to your favor is the section in green. “Your status as a referred candidate will carry with you to any position for which you apply!”
Well, if that’s not motivation to start calling people in your network.
Don’t know anyone at these companies? Here is some opportunity for improvement:
1) Grow your network – like, yesterday (and I mean, as soon as possible). Don’t wait until you’re about to graduate and know maybe 10 solid contacts as you’re crossing the graduation stage
2) If you have a targeted set of companies that you would like to work for, but you don’t know anyone who works there – find them. This is where a consistent and intentional focus on building your network becomes key. This extends far from LinkedIn messaging. I’m talking about a holistic, dedicated networking strategy, that will have contacts and resources available to you when YOU need them. Start now.
3) Stop being afraid to contact people. People should get over the fear factor of reaching out. Many people are more than happy to help you – so ask. The worst case is they won’t respond or won’t be willing. What’s worse than that? (that you didn’t even try). So, try.
4) Don’t assume that because there is no perceived immediate value, that there will never be any value. Remember: people know people, and people talk. So just because Bob at Company Party X did not appear to be valuable now, doesn’t mean he won’t be valuable when you need him. Keep your options open.
Don’t wait to grow your network. The immense value of being able to call someone on the drop of a dime for something that you may need can afford you opportunities that may not have been otherwise possible.
Grow your network now, maintain those relationships consistently, and leverage your network when needed. It’s well worth the investment.
Ramit’s definitive guide to building your network (with scripts)