Every job market is different, and the way they do things in London might not be quite the same as in Los Angeles or Buenos Aires. But when you’re looking for a job, there are plenty of constants and bits of advice that are applicable no matter where you live. That’s according to columnist, career expert, and entrepreneur Emma Sinclair, and in a post for the Daily Muse, she shares three job-search tips that are universal.
“While it’s always important to have local insight and focus where focus is due, my advice is as true for the 16-year-old American student as it is for an accomplished 50-year-old in Europe,” Sinclair writes. Scroll down to see what she has to say.
1. Work Those Connections — It all comes down to networking. Before email and career websites, people primarily found jobs by talking to friends and colleagues and putting themselves out there. Nowadays, Sinclair says, they still do, and to quote Porter Gale, “your network is your net worth.”
2. Look Beyond Your Inner Circle — If you network only with close friends, you’re bound to hear about jobs you already know about. Go outside of your circle and exploit “loose connections” — they’re more likely to turn you on to opportunities you’ve missed, and those could be the ones that matter most.
3. Embrace Technology — Social networking is a beautiful thing, and sites like LinkedIn can help connect workers with companies as never before. That said, it’s not the be-all, end-all, and Sinclair says she’s a fan of networking “that doesn’t try to replace old fashioned conversation — but that better facilitates it. Because ultimately, that is how the best business is done.”