Reach out to people who work at the company before you apply

In the world of job hunting, connection is everything. While many think it’s enough to be qualified, skilled and perfect for the job of your dreams, it pays to know someone or a few people to help you reach your goals.

Keep in mind that when you step into the interview room, “It’s great seeing you again” is going to win you more jobs than “It’s nice to meet you”.

If you’ve already got a friend who works for your dream company then consider yourself lucky. If you don’t, fret not still. Below are some of the best ways you can expand your connections and possibly land your dream career.

1. Be introduced.

Go to gatherings or events where the people of your potential company will be, don’t miss this opportunity. By all means attend, do a bit of PR and be introduced to the right people.

Once you’ve gotten these executives, hiring officers and managers on the hook, it’s time you sell yourself wisely.

Use social media to follow what is going on at the company, and even to make an initial contact.

2. Meet for coffee.

Meeting your potential workmates or employer is a big deal. It’s even better if you’re able to do this advance to win his/her favor.

Ensure that you make a commitment to meeting up for coffee with them. This allows you to have a more relaxed environment, talk about ideas and share your inputs about various topics.

If you’re unable to have met them previously, then ask a bit of help from a friend. From there, you can set up a meeting.

3. Be ready to give something in return.

No good deed goes unpunished, even in work. If you’re asking an internal connection to help you get in the job, do something in return. Whether it’s in kind or even other work opportunities that can work for them, be ready for it.

You’d be surprised as to how many people can easily ask “What’s in it for me?”

4. Be strategic.

We’re in the realm of skilled, advanced people. Never be afraid to exercise communication if you know you have good connections. Be strategic enough to pitch what you’re really good at and easily grab their attention.

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