First, they need to be convinced of the benefits. I think there are three main ways that networking helps job seekers:
- It exposes the hidden job market. According to www.QuintCareers.com, less than 20% of jobs are ever advertised. The way to find these jobs is through networking.
- You'll get insight into companies and job titles. People who've worked for specific companies or in particular job areas can give you information not otherwise available.
- The next time you're in a job search, you'll have a stronger, more useful network helping you (assuming you stay in touch with people you met in your first search).
Third, if they haven't networked much before, they can be reassured by knowing that networking consists of just four very simple steps, repeated over and over.
- Go Places
- Meet People
- Exchange Value
- Maintain Contact
Anything else vital that you would tell them?