Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search – Part 5

Stimulating your network is an important part of your job search, but how you do it is even more important. Find out the way to do it right in the final video of our five-part series on steps you should take to prepare for your job search (see part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4). Enjoy!

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Video Transcript for “Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search – Part 5”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content WorkinEntertainment.com: This is the final part of our five-part series on things you should do before you start your job search – before you send a single resume, or contact a business that interests you – you need to do these five things.networking for your job search

You must stimulate your network, but before I explain what I mean by that, let’s discuss a huge pet peeve of mine.

LinkedIn is awesome (join our Entertainment Careers group!) I love it and use it daily. BUT, if you go onto LinkedIn and send a blast out to everyone of your contacts saying “Hey!, I’m looking for a new job! If you know anyone looking for an enthusiastic, compassionate, hard-working project manager, tell them to come my way!” you have made a mistake.

You’ve immediately put this barrier between you and your network because you come off a little desperate and sent them basically a form letter – you haven’t personalized anything and this technique doesn’t ring true.

The better move is to identify the individuals in your network, maybe that’s 50 people or maybe it’s 10, that are actually influencers, change agents, that are out there in your field and are connected. Reach out to them personally. Say something impactful, not cliche. Explain what you are looking for, discuss what you have done recently in your career, explain why you would be a good employee or should be hired.

START A DIALOGUE!

Just blasting to everyone in your network and saying, “Hey I’m looking, I’m in the market, send me an email if you hear anything” does not work, and it comes off impersonal. Don’t do that, be intentional. Find the people that matter, reach out to them and stimulate them to be your advocate.

If you follow this tip and the 4 previous chunks of advice we gave you (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4), you have a good chance at making your job search less stressful…not easy, not fun… just less stressful, and I kind of like less stress.

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About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.

Comments

  1. Maria Fimbres says:

    I don’t have website yet, but having a hard time break in the business. I have BA in Broadcast from Chapman University and it’s seems it does not to matter.

  2. Wow these five steps were the exact confirmation I needed to not short cut my process of job hunting. I do have a question that’s been in citing need of an answer. Born and raised in Chicago,IL and have resided in Austin,TX for half a year now. However, I began my entertainment career(experience) as a talent agent, manager, promotor, PR, event planner, and marketer from 2010-2013 with numerous local talent and a few simi celebs. Majority based in or from Chicago. All of my experience and efforts were done by myself; as in no corporation, licensed or legal agency’s, pretty much free lanced I guess. Successful as a young women in Chicago nonetheless. However, now applying to jobs at corporations (talent buyer positions)…how do I include all of my freelance accomplishments on a resume. Or do I let them know I’ve been a preschool teacher the last 2 years lol?

    • Japell – did you have an LLC that you collected payment through? If so, put the name of the LLC on your resume, and outline all of the important tasks that you completed in the role. If you were successful, that is what matters! – Brian

  3. Edessa Yousefzadeh says:

    Hello Mr. Clapp,

    I loved the tips, but do you have any advice on how to approach getting a job within a field you have barely any experience in?
    I did sales and marketing for a spring break company that put on huge events with amazing DJs for 4 years while in college, but that is not good enough while I am trying to apply to bigger companies within the entertainment industry. I graduated with a degree in social, moral, and legal philosophy, but have taken business law and entertainment law, as well as communication and film classes. I really just don’t know how to start in the entertainment world, especially since I am not the only one trying to move to Nashville for that industry.

    Thank you,
    Edessa Yousefzadeh

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