If you need help during your job search, you have several avenues open to you as you prepare for the next step in your career. Discover some relevant ways you can put yourself in a better position for your next opportunity by reaching out for assistance.
First, Make a List
Prepare for reaching out for help thanks to two lists split into side-by-side columns. The column on the left has a list of things you believe you need help with during your job search, such as writing a resume, expanding your network and honing your interviewing skills. In the second column to the right, list people who can assist you with those tasks. For example, you have a friend who has sharp spelling and grammar skills who can help you craft a good cover letter and resume.
Once you have your list, it's time to reach out to people.
Tap into networking skills and start a conversation with someone who can recommend you for a position. Talk about your alma mater, a mutual colleague, or similar work experience or previous employer. Networking leads can put you in touch with a hiring manager who can interview you for a position.
2. Value Your Associate's Time
Keep communications with your contact short and to the point when you first reach out to someone for a job search. Ask for one thing of one person, such as an introduction to a hiring manager for one contact and then crafting a customized resume for another. Make sure to offer help in return for your contacts' time.
3. Be Specific
Make your request as specific as possible when asking for help on your job search. That way, you do not waste someone's time if they are unable to assist you. Precise requests increase the chances you have of getting what you want out of the arrangement when someone steps up for you.
4. Keep It Simple
Keep your request simple when talking to someone. When you want someone to look over a resume, send your contact a full document to peruse rather than make someone write it from scratch. Make your request as easy for your contacts as possible, because that leads to higher odds of getting a "yes" from someone.
5. Give Contacts a Way Out
Give everyone a way out when you first start the conversation. Say to your contact, "Hey, I know this might be a lot to ask, so you can always say 'no' if you need to." This graceful tone is less awkward, more confident, and it makes it sound as if you're not demanding on someone's time.
6. Hire Someone
You can always hire a professional for your job search. If this is a priority for you, be ready to pay money up front for their services. Get a contract in writing as to what you should receive for your money and by a particular deadline.
Jumpstart your job search by reaching out to your network with confidence and a considerate tone. You never know when your next opportunity can present itself, even if it takes a few tries to land a great job.
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