Telling your social network you’re interested in a move can be a tricky matter, especially if you’re searching for new opportunities while employed. You definitely don’t want to post status updates on your LinkedIn profile when human resources may be patrolling profiles. After all, your current job is better than no job and equally what goes around comes around so you want to behave with the utmost of integrity at all times. So what can you do?
The team at Ascendant Recruitment have always advised job seekers to reach out to their connections in personalised messages on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Personal outreach messages are better received and more likely to receive responses than massive broadcast efforts, and they’re less likely to get you into hot water with a current employer.
If you haven’t spoken to the contacts you’re reaching out to in some time, start your message reminding them who you are and how you know one another. Then, get into the meat of the matter: tell your connection you’re looking for new opportunities; be specific about the position and industry. Ensure you researched their company before composing your message to see if any available positions fit your job search criteria. If there are, mention those positions specifically in your message. Say, “I see your company is currently searching for XYZ. Can you provide me with more information about the position than what is available online? I’d love to apply.”
If your connection’s company doesn’t have any positions you qualify for available, say, “I see that your company doesn’t have exactly what I’m searching for available. Have any of your connections mentioned any openings that fit my criteria?” If you have a link to a specific opening, describe the job and include the link. The key item is to make it easy for your connection to help you.
Check out all suggestions your contacts make, even if they don’t seem like the right fit on the surface. Make sure you thank your connections for their assistance, and let them know you’re prepared to be similarly helpful in their futures. If your connections don’t respond to your personal messages, don’t envision the worst. Today’s professionals are working more with less, so it’s very possible that your message is one of the last tasks on their to-do lists. Send them another message the following week touching base. If they still don’t respond, move on. Messaging or calling them again could make you look desperate.