Asking Your Network For An Opportunity

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I ask people I know for a job?
  • What do I say when I want people to refer me to a job?
  • What do I say when I contact people I know about a job?

This cast helps you word your request to your network for help with looking for a new opportunity.

Recently we were asked how a member should let his network know that he was looking for a new position. In his case, the company he worked for was about to announce a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and so would cease to exist in the near future. Some of you will be in similar situations where it's easy to be candid. Others will need to keep your search confidential. In either case, we're going to tell you what to do and what to say.

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Thank you for this podcast, the timing is impeccable.


Whilst the advice in the podcast contradicts what I'm feeling at the moment, I do realise that I should never make any big decisions purely on emotion, there's just too much at stake.


So this was a good 'slap in the face' to get me back to reality, as well as advising how to go about actually using my network for possible opportunities.


Thank you again, keep up the good work.


Back in March (as I posted in the forums), I started reaching out to my network because I was uncomfortable at my job. I was really impressed with how much people wanted to help me. People from so long ago, even people I didn't know that well, seemed really happy to hear from me. I had a job interview in three days though I have not made any moves yet.

I've always been good at networking, but perhaps neglected maintaining my network. Listening to this podcast reminded me to look on Linkedin and send a few E-mails to folks. Thanks for that reminder. I also appreciated that the perfect opportunity doesn't drop on her lap that quick -- it hasn't yet for me either, and it's good to know I'm not the only one.

Sounds so awfully familiar.

Sounds so awfully familiar. Demeaning boss from hell is very frequent. They are not rare. - Missed Fortune