Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University and TTG Consultants offered a fresh twist on a fast job search method in a research study published in (2011).
They concluded that you should look for companies where you already know people, then look for jobs in those companies. That is because their research found that people you have strong ties with provide more significant help in your job search than people you don’t know well.
Thus, it’s a neat reverse engineering trick to find the companies where those people work and ask them for help.
Their findings are consistent with new research published by the Harvard Business Review (2017) that found former colleagues are the best source of new jobs.
If getting a job fast matters to you, do this:
- Identify places where your former colleagues and other people you know well work.
- Then find job openings at those firms.
- Then call or message your connections for advice, referrals, and recommendations.
- Continue to follow up with your connections.
- And continue to build your network.
Start with Your First-Level LinkedIn Network
This is a great place to use your first-level LinkedIn network. Scroll through your network to look for interesting companies. Then check for jobs the companies have posted on LinkedIn. You can also check Google for Jobs and Indeed.
Don’t apply for the jobs online. Reach out to the people you know well for help in finding and getting introduced to the hiring manager.
If you’re nervous about contacting your connections, don’t be. Many companies offer hefty referral bonuses to employees who find new talent for them.
This approach lets you skip the black hole of the applicant tracking system and makes you ten times more likely to get the job than all the people applying online.
Give it a try!
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Updated April 2019
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Donna Svei, an executive resume writer and former C-level executive, retained search consultant, and CPA, writes all of AvidCareerist’s posts. She has written for and been quoted by leading business, general, and career media outlets, including Forbes, Mashable, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, Ask.com, Social Media Today, IT World, Smart Brief, Payscale, Business News Daily, and the Muse. Let her background and experience inform your job search strategy and decision making.