Calling All Friends – the Networking Letter
A broadcast, aka networking letter is a tool that helps you let your group of friends, family, and business contacts know that you are looking for work, and asks them to keep their eyes and ears open for opportunities for you.
The NBC Evening News (among many online sources) gave the statistic that 5% of jobseekers have success responding to the ‘want ads’ online,
while 2/3 of successful jobseekers using networking strategies find jobs via their contacts.
The specific stats may vary, but the truth doesn’t, and, has been true for decades, but, is ESPECIALLY true nowadays with the massive increase in applicants (easily 100 or likely many more) for every online job advertised: networking/referrals are by far THE best source of job leads.
It helps them know what you are looking for and a summary of your skills so they can better understand what would be a good fit for you.
Here’s a brief outline of a broadcast letter:
Purpose: To ask family and friends for help with your job search
Contents of the letter:
- Greeting with a personal statement
- Where you are now
- Where you have been/what you have done
- Where you want to be/what you are looking for
- Ask for help
- ‘Close the sale’
The Ask a Manager e-book
“How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager”
talks more about finding and reaching out to your network / connections
along with other great job search strategy input & tips