Month: October 2018

When you finish reading the following, take a moment and Google the question “what percentage of jobs are found through networking?”

What you’re going to find is article upon article and study upon study demonstrating the fact that the great majority of positions are obtained through networking. Some will say 70%, others will say 85%. The important point is that every single one will reinforce one indisputable fact: the great majority of position offers are obtained through a relationship.

This probably isn’t Earth shattering news. When it comes to getting a job, perhaps the most common cliché thrown around is “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Though most people utter this statement out of a frustration related to not knowing the right people, rather than getting busy creating relationships with the right people.

So, if you’re tired of applying online only to receive a computer-generated rejection email, and ready to overcome the frustration of watching those that are more connected get the position you’re most qualified for, consider the following.

Computers don’t make offers, people do. Get out from behind your computer! Yes, it’s a technology driven world where everything is posted online, right? Wrong. Some studies show that up to 80% of open positions are not advertised. If your career search is purely pursued through online postings, you’re fishing in a shallow pond. You will only find out about that enormous 80% by talking to people.

Recruiters are busy. Businesses need talent, and they need it now. The responsibility of finding that talent, the right person for the position, falls to the recruiting team in each company. Some recruiters may have a couple dozen positions they’re responsible for at any given time. Thousands of resumes. THOUSANDS! What do you suppose happens when a trusted, internal employee hands that Recruiter a resume? The Recruiter has one less candidate to find for the position, that’s what. Top of the pile.

People want to work with people they trust. Imagine you need to hire a babysitter for your kids. Would you hire A) the candidate that replied to your online posting, or B) the candidate that was referred to you by a trusted friend? It’s an easy answer, and the same applies for businesses hiring talent. The functions businesses perform are important to them, and they want to have the greatest percentage of confidence possible that their “baby” will be in good hands.

The bottom line is you must network, you must have more conversations and get to know more people to find out about the 80%, get to the top of a Recruiter’s pile of resumes, and have a foundation of trust in the process. For some people, that’s a tall order. Not everyone was born with a gift of gab and sense of comfort approaching new people. Fortunately, it’s a learnable skill.

Perhaps the most important skill in determining a person’s career.

To learn how to network your way to more career opportunities, contact Career Development Consultant Group for a consultation.

So you’ve recently graduated or currently going to college. Fantastic! Congratulations, but I have a question:

How are you going to get a career?

Really, what actions are you taking so that you have your dream position now that you’re educated? How do you know that you’re doing the right things? How did you decide that this set of actions will lead to a career? What is your plan? Do you have one?!?

It was in the Spring of 2010 that I found myself walking the aisles of career fair at the University of Florida. I was confident, well-dressed, and had spent hours upon hours reworking my resume into what I considered was a masterpiece of professional communication. The previous five years had been invested in a top-notch education at a prestigious university, and the previous five serving my country as a proud United States Marine. I was sure that I would stick out from my peers and have the conversation that marked the beginning of my well-deserved leadership and riches.

Wrong! A couple hours later, I walked out of the career fair with serious concerns about my future. The employers did not form a line to talk to me. They did not seem wowed when I talked to them. Some of them didn’t even seem to want to talk to me at all. I was a number in a long line of numbers, many of whom were as ill prepared as I was. It was at that moment that the serious consequences of not having a career search strategy began.

How many people do you know that had a similar experience? Time after time we speak to clients that were let down with the career outcome of getting a degree. There wasn’t an employer waiting at the end of the stage saying, “there you are, and thank God you got that degree!” Nope, what was waiting was the cold truth that employers do not beat down a job applicant’s door simply because they earned a degree.

It’s a competitive environment in a competitive world. Just like every competition, the winner is usually decided by who is most prepared. It’s who puts in the hours prior to the contest and executes their strategy that stands at the top of the podium. And while a college degree and the related knowledge sure are helpful, a candidate isn’t even in the competition if nobody knows about this achievement.

If you’re a recent college graduate, a college student, or even high school student, pay very close attention to the following:

1.      Possessing a college degree does not mean you’ll be offered a great position after graduation

2.      Obtaining a graduate degree does not change #1

3.      Pursuing a career is an entirely different skill-set that must be developed in addition to your education

Just like any other achievement, successfully landing a dream position requires a strategy. Think about when you learned how to ride a bike. Did you jump on the nearest two-wheeler and take off down the street? No, somebody was there to first tell you how to do it. They gave you a tricycle, then a bike with training wheels, and finally they held onto your seat for your first voyage on two wheels. They did this because riding a bike is a skill that must be learned or suffer the consequence of raw hands and knees.

So it goes with obtaining a career. It is a skill that must be learned or suffer the consequences. Unfortunately, the consequences of not learning this skill are far greater than skinned knees. It’s moving back in with your parents, working a part-time job that’s a million miles away from your dreams, and watching those who did prepare begin laying their foundation for life. In ten years, the trend isn’t much better.

So, how are you going to get a career?

Contact Career Development Consultant Group to learn how to effectively pursue your dream position.