Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Claire writes: ‘Internships have hit the headlines in the last couple of weeks. Is it acceptable to use personal contacts to find unpaid work placements? That’s for you to decide...

Whatever you think, a large amount of movement in the jobs market comes from networking and making connections through people who are known to you.  That’s why LinkedIn is so successful.  Our office neighbour is a recruitment consultant with jobs on his books.  He fills them by making connections.

Whether you’re at the beginning of your career or changing jobs, one of the most powerful questions you can ask is: 'Who do you know who I need to be talking to about...?'  It elicits a very different response from the closed question asked in the style of ‘Have you got a job?’

Elite?  We asked a ‘Who do you know who...?’ question on Twitter the other day and got a great response from someone we had never met which was both useful information and a great lead for potential work. In 1996, Microsoft did some research which indicated that it is true that people are connected by less than 6.6 degrees of separation. Whatever their social status.

Who do you know who would benefit from having a 'Who do you know who...'conversation?  Think about it... You may like you to forward this to them.

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