Did you know that DJs know a lot of singers? (In case you are wondering, that was a rhetorical question.) Why do they know so many artists in the industry? They do a lot of interviews! How many times have you heard a recording star like um… Beyonce’ being interviewed on the radio when a new album is launched? All the time! So, if you wanted to break into the music industry and network your way in, it would seem logical to me that you would chummy up to a DJ. Make sense? (I know nothing about the music industry, but work with me.)
Okay, you can use that same rationale with any industry. How? Simply find someone who interviews people in that industry and network with the interviewer, since they are the one who know everybody. One way to do that is to find podcasts focused on your industry and reach out to the star of the show. For example, if you have an interest in Chemistry, you might want to check out Distillations. Distillations is an award-winning science podcast hosted by Meir Rinde. At this writing, he has produced 109 episodes, so guess how many people he knows? Wouldn’t he be a great contact to network with? (Yeah, I’m being rhetorical again.)
To find podcasts for networking purposes:
A. Do a search on iTunes
B. Look up Podcast Directories and search them individually
C. Do some fancy Googling to find podcasts in your niche.
Here are a few Google examples for you to consider:
I was thinking about something the other day, actually the other night, but that doesn’t really matter. I was wondering if I were interested in working for a particular company, wouldn’t I also have a notion to work for their competitors? And if I did, how would I go about finding those competitors? Hmm… one thing I would do is track down where they had their jobs posted. Why? I assume that if they post their jobs on a niche website that there may be similar jobs from their competitors. At least, it sounded logical, but how would I put it to the test? Um… Copyscape.
Copyscape is a website designed to protect copyrighted material by giving you a heads up on who has swiped your text and posted it on their site (presumably without your permission). I put it to the test and it seemed to work okay. Let me show you what I mean. I looked online and found a job to use as an example – Lead Developer. The URL for that job is: http://jobs.37signals.com/jobs/7891.
I cut and paste the URL into Copyscape (as shown below), then click the “Go” button.
I search the results and see the various websites that have posted the same job I was interested in. I pay close attention to the URLs and build a list.
So based on what I have found, here is a list of websites that I may want to consider searching.
Which is better? To constantly look for a new job at various jobboards, or to look for a job only once and sift through new information? I prefer the latter method! No, make that the automation method. Wait. That’s kind of the same thing. Wait. Am I rambling again? I hate it when I do that. Okay, let me show you something.
One common function of jobboards is that they have (not all, but most) some sort of email notification system. Typically, they are referred to as “job alerts.” If you can find a job board that serves your niche industry and they have a job alert system, then you’re golden. Simply sign up for it and review the job leads as they hit your email (or SMS if that’s your choice). They’re not hard to find. Check out the examples below…
Sure, the grass is always greener in the cubicle across the street, but how can you know for sure? Well, one way is to research the comments of people who work there (or used to work there). You can do that quite easily with the company forums at Indeed.com.
You can find out all kinds of useful data there. Case in point…
May be worth your time to review these forums before accepting your next offer. Just sayin’…