Networking to find work is an invaluable tool, but after you've networked your way in to an interview you're often on your own. A few unanswered emails and replies that the company has decided to go in another direction is enough to put a job seeker into a state of frustration, but your network could come in to play once again after you've been brushed off by a potential employer. Find out how when you
Networking specialist Diane Darling recommends asking your network of friends, family, and professional contacts to anonymously assess your strengths and weaknesses by using the online polling tool SurveyMonkey.com. Diane tried the survey herself and ended up buying a new wardrobe — the poll answers suggested that her attire wasn't appropriate for the types of jobs she was after. She offers four questions to consider asking your network to answer anonymously.
- What three words come to mind when you think of my strengths? What three words come to mind when you think about areas where I could improve?
- Is there one aspect of my hunt where I am making a big mistake but appear unaware? If yes, what is my mistake?
- What jobs do you think I might be good at that I haven't considered?
- What type of jobs have I looked down on that might pay well?