Using Word of Mouth

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We’ve covered job fairs, online job searches and LinkedIn, but we haven’t told you about one of the most common, powerful ways to find a job: Word of mouth.

Using Word of Mouth

We’ve covered job fairs and LinkedIn, but we haven’t told you about one of the most common, powerful ways to find a job: Word of mouth.Four young adults with hands to the next ear signifying word of mouth

Word of mouth is more than just keeping your ears open for potential job opportunities from family, friends or other students, it’s taking what you hear and turning it into an interview, an introduction, or even instructions on what your potential employer is looking for.

Once you hear about a potential job, here’s what you should ask about:

  • What is the job like?
  • What are specific tasks and job duties? 
  • When will I need to work?
  • If you land the job, will you need to work weekends? Late nights? Mornings? Gather this info.
  • How should you contact the employer?
  • Does the employer prefer to be contacted through email? Phone? In-person?
  • What is the employer looking for?
  • What type of skills is the employer looking for in a new worker? Get as specific as possible.  
  • Can the person make an introduction?

Getting a foot in the door is pretty tough, so if your friend, family member or fellow student can make a recommendation, it can go a long way to getting you an interview.

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