You always need to know more and more people to get connections. I saw so many other people who have a job still networking with others. Not only for future career, but also for current business connection. We can also get some new tips and new trend of the current market by exchanging ideas, so that they can have more personal competitive advantage. Try to help other people first and contribute your idea, if they know you better, they will make friends with you and help you.
I used to apply for 10-15 jobs on internet or on linkedIn a day, seldom have replies. I am frustrated about the results. I am an MBA graduate who has multi-cultural and trilingual background, there even weren’t a recruiter to contact me in two weeks when I moved to New York. I realized that I shouldn’t just work harder, I should work smarter. I should totally use Inmail to connect to people in the recruiting companies or even in the same department and write them a short message to target to the position. It works now, many hiring managers replied to my Inmail. Thus, a strategy never works for me any more, I will analyze it whether it fits the situation and adjust it to the right strategy to meet the market’s need.
3. Business Intelligence
Applying every job and having an interview, I need to research thoroughly about the company, its services, competitive advantage, business model, cultural, social media, and financial information. I even stalk company and employee in the social media to get some BI. If I get a job, I think the research skills will help me to deep understand the market customer, and competitors to predict the trend and come up with the accurate strategy.
4. Learning New Skills
I learned Pinterest in two days by myself at the end of February, because there were so many buzzes about Pinterest, and I had no idea what it is. Now I am become a master of Pinterest. I learned a lot of new skills, such as building a website, a blog, Google analytics, etc. Because the market changed so fast, you need to have new skills to compete with others. I also have signed up a lot of educational meetup, Skillshare classes, webinars to learn new skills.
It is a great learning process for me in the US job market. I always keep positive and confidence for my qualification that I could find a good job here.