According to CNBC
, "the old adage 'it's not what you know, it's who you know'
has perhaps never been more true." It's been claimed that up to 70% of all jobs are not published on publicly available job search sites and that upwards of 80% of jobs are filled through networking. Yep, you read that right. Make an effort to communicate with people - those you know and don't know - every chance you get. Hell, you can even treat social events as networking opportunities
. Take every opportunity to share about yourself and what role you are seeking or the company you want to work for. Being vocal and putting yourself out there is only going to be to your advantage. Get to know others too and see how you can help them and provide value. You never know when someone can open a door for you or introduce you to someone they know who is hiring!
If networking in-person isn't an option, go online! Social media can go a long way in building your network and professional relationships. Join LinkedIn and Facebook groups to meet like-minded people who you can connect with. Peruse your LinkedIn feed consistently and comment on your thoughts or reactions to posts to create quality connections. Search through your LinkedIn Connections to see if anyone you're connected to can introduce you to someone at the company you're interested in. You can also meet others through online events you attend.
Now that you know what you need to stand out - it's time for you to make your move. Good luck!