Building a network of contacts is probably one of the best ways to get a job

An old friend of mine recently told me via Facebook that he had been made redundant and was finding it hard to get another job. As we continued talking he revealed more and more about his situation that I found both sad and fascinating.

First of all it had been over a month since he had been made redundant! Although we do not communicate on a daily or weekly basis, I had spoken to him several times during that period and he had not mentioned it to me. The fact that I have over 15 years experience of helping people back into work mean that I might have been able to give him some help or even suggest where he could go for good advice.

Secondly was the fact that he had over 300 friends on Facebook, yet I was the first one he had told once the situation started becoming an issue after 1 month.

We had regained our friendship through Facebook and got each other up to date with news of old school chums, etc. He had even introduced me to his family members via the internet.

The point that I am trying to make is that one of (if not) the best ways of finding a job is by word of mouth or through recommendations.

The recruitment process is long, expensive and competitive. If someone can tip you off about a vacancy before it is advertised think of the advantages.

You are the only candidate
You are saving them the recruitment budget
Someone has personally recommended you!

Facebook started out as a tool for friends but today news travels fast and it soon became a must have tool. Word of mouth may be the old fashioned facebook but it can still get great results for job seekers.

Nobody knew my friend was looking, but as soon as he started telling his contacts (yes even the Facebook ones) offers started coming in.

Nowadays the internet is definitely one of the best ways to build a network of contacts. Social media in the form of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Self Growth, Stumble Upon, Digg etc. offer you the possibility of connecting with people - both professionally and personally.

On one social media I have built up a network of 73 friends which I am told connects me to - 1,856,251+ contacts! Perhaps 1 of them might be able to help if and when I need them.

Author's Bio: 

Harry James has over 10 years experience of designing and delivering Personal Development courses, offering career advice and guidance, team building and helping people into work. Further useful careers advice and personal development articles can be found on He is also the owner of - a website that lists NLP Practitioners, life coaches and hypnotherapists.