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Asked by Stephanie on July 25, 2016

How do you find a new job with a limited network?

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on July 27, 2016

You do not need to have a large network to find a job. Sure, it can sometimes help, but your experience and skills are equally as important. Knowing that your resume will be your first impression during your job search, I would focus on perfecting that. There are plenty of resources within Jobipedia to assist with creating a solid resume. I would also focus on developing skills and experiences that are relevant to the job field you want to be in.
In addition, I would encourage you to expand your LinkedIn presence. LinkedIn is a great way to develop your network because so many professionals and recruiters use LinkedIn. I would recommend you work on enhancing your LinkedIn profile to make yourself more attractive to recruiters and other business professionals. There are also several groups within LinkedIn that you can join to connect with professionals that have similar interests or experiences. This can sometimes be the best networking or job search tool you have.

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Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on July 28, 2016

I think a lot of new grads think that their network might be limited, when in fact; it may be more robust than you are thinking. Your network can consist of former teachers, counselors, employers, as well as family and friends. Don't forget to also count on any local groups or community organizations you may be a part of. If, after thinking through all of those people, you still feel like you don't have a big network, why not work on expanding it? You just need to get comfortable having conversations with people you might not know. That could mean online with people/groups on LinkedIn, at the store, library, or any other type of community or social event you might be attending. Once you get in a conversation with people, you can bring up the subject of careers and get to understand what people do, and who they may know. Networking is something you get a comfort level with over time and you will learn different things to do each time you are speaking with someone new.
Besides networking, you can also determine your target job and organization and see about setting up an informational call/meeting with someone there. Make sure your resume looks great by having someone you trust look it over before you send it out to anyone.
Good luck!

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Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on August 1, 2016

Great question! Certain areas might seem limited, but there are definitely lots of opportunity for anyone that is willing to put in the time and persistence it takes to find the right opportunity. Being patient in a competitive market can be discouraging, but it's important to keep your mindset positive and open to opportunities that can build your career development. Remember that keeping yourself open to new ideas and opportunities may open up new doors that you may have not considered in your career path. 

I also highly suggest utilizing your professors, career services, and peers to leverage opportunities at organizations you are most interested in. Often times career services provides assistance to students even after they have graduated to assist with securing desired employment. Building a presence on linkedin is also important so potential recruiters can contact you about new opportunities as they become open. All the best to you and I hope this advice was helpful!  

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Answered by Kate, Hiring Expert at ADP, on August 18, 2016

What a great question - as this is most likely what many students are asking. If you have a limited network, start growing that network now! If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, create one and make it professional (keep it about your education, work experience, volunteer, on-campus activities). Utilize your career services - work with a career counselor/advisor at your school and definitely attend career fairs. Try to do extra curricular activities - club sports, volunteer, greek life - anything that'll help you meet people and network. Connect with professors, current/past employers, individuals who know you. Attend state-wide career fairs and review companies and professionals in your industry of choice. When you're building your network, don’t ask someone to get you a job, but ask them to connect you with other people they know that might help you grow/learn about a career or industry, if they can't. It's never too late to build your network! Good luck! 

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