At Bench, Inc. we believe that there are three major job-search networking categories; Familiar, Formal, and Future Contacts. Let’s look at the first of these three.
Familiar Contacts are friends, family, and people known by your friends and family. Approaching friends and family for help in your job search should be rather comfortable: they know you and probably know what you do. They are usually happy to introduce you to their friends and family.
Here’s how to make the most of these contacts:
Even though you have a relationship with a Familiar Contact, these conversations are a good time to practice explaining your job loss (a topic to be covered later). Prompt the Contact to give you feedback.
Do some research on those you are going to speak with, e.g. where do they work? what is their functional expertise? what past affiliations do they have? Is there someone at any of those organizations that you would like to meet? Ask if they will make an introduction for you.
If you are in an active job search, ask if you may send your resume to your Familiar Contact. Ask that person to share where appropriate.
Don’t push. Some people are less comfortable playing the role of job resource. They will help where and when possible.
Remain confident in yourself and let that show; of course not to the point of being arrogant or boastful, but you should be proud of your accomplishments!