Create a plan.
Keep Track of Your Activities.
Schedule meetings and calls.
The answer is – both! You need a network to help you identify the right job, and you have to create it yourself, each day, with steady effort. You also need a top quality resume.
Why a career network? Think of the successful people you know. Most likely they are well connected in their industry. For example, former President Clinton, is certainly a man with a strong resume. Additionally, throughout his life, Bill Clinton was always a superb networker. When he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, whenever he met someone new, he wrote down the names of people he met, always including details about person that he could refer to later.
Clinton said, “I’m going into politics and plan to run for governor of Arkansas, and I’m keeping track of everyone I meet.”
This practice hasn’t changed in decades and networking will work for you too. As a career coach, I always urge my clients that networking is key and just as crucial as a resume. On your resume you will probably emphasize effective communication skills. Well, put those skills to work as you get your job search going.
A professionally written resume helps you put your best foot forward. You’ll also need to prepare for job interviews. But just as crucial is social networking. If you spend your time solely searching for jobs on major job boards, you will miss many available opportunities.
Most jobs are available to networkers – if you uncover them. Why? Studies show repeatedly that it is because people do the hiring and people are less comfortable with strangers. Get an introduction to a company and you will start out the job search process with a greater comfort level than you could by entering the process as an unknown.