Now is a perfect time to network with people. Keep in mind, that right now the majority of the workforce is back working – and most of them are working remotely.
If people are working remotely, they most likely have more flexibility in their schedule to talk with people. And because they don’t need to worry about their boss or co-worker listening in. The Coronavirus also is a great excuse to reach out to people you haven’t talked with to see how they are doing. If you discover they are out of work, then you can share your resources and perhaps team up as accountability partners. Don’t assume that people are too busy, overwhelmed, unemployed, or don’t want to talk with you. You may find exactly the opposite.
So who should you network with:
- People you used to work with
- People you worked with
- Past managers
- Past customers
- Past suppliers
- Your service providers (GP, hairdresser, accountant etc.)
- People within companies you’d like to work for
- Social contacts (church, sports club, social club etc.)
- Other Careers-Action members
Only focus on the people you know before reaching out to strangers, it’s always easier to start a conversation with someone you know, and when you start writing a list of those of people under each heading you’ll be surprised just how many people you know and who know you.
Once you’ve got your list start reaching out and ask how they are getting on during this crisis. You can use the telephone, email, Facebook, LinkedIn etc. Once you’ve instigated the communication they’ll come back and ask you how things are with you. Don’t reply “Can you help me get a job?” just explain that you are good but add that you are out of work. People will come back to you and that’s you opportunity to ask if they have any suggestions or recommendations and your job search has just picked up another helper.