Hunting for your next job can be all sorts of taxing, but when you have vinas at your side, you never know what magic could be made. You can find your next great career opportunity through your circle of girlfriends. All it takes is kindness, patience, and some hustle!
Here are several ways you can enhance your job search by utilizing your network of vinas.
GET THE SCOOP
If a vina’s company is one that piques your interest, kindly ask if there are any openings in her department or others she may know of. If there’s a match, she may be able to pass on your resume and information and/or connect you directly to the hiring manager. Even if there aren’t any open positions relevant to your skills and interests right now, it won’t hurt to let your vina know that you’d like to be on their radar. Perhaps your connection can lead you to another connection for an informational interview where you can learn more about potential future roles.
SEARCH YOUR EXTENDED NETWORK
Job hunting is not just about what you know, but also who you know. You may have vinas that have jobs that aren’t really your thing, but they most likely will know someone else that has a job at a company you’d love. On your next vina-date, let your gal know what you’re looking for in your next gig. If they know of an opening or of someone in a role or company related to your interests, they may be able to point you in the right direction. LinkedIn is also an excellent tool to see if a vina can introduce you to someone in your desired field.
NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK
You can always network on your own, but attending mixers can be less daunting (and more fun!) when you’re with fellow job-hunting vinas! Check out sites like Eventbrite, Meetup, and your local Levo League for seminars and events in your area. Keep an eye out for listings among your social networks as well. Be sure to look polished and primped and have some business cards on hand!
SWIPE FOR YOUR NEXT NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
Yes, you should be able to swipe right on your future colleague as well! In your Hey! VINA profile, let potential matches know that you are job hunting and interested in networking. Swipe right on anyone you’d like to meet, pick their brain if there’s a match, and take things from there.
BE YOUR OWN BOSSES
Maybe a vina is self-employed and needs an assistant. Maybe they have a shop, salon, or studio and need someone that can help run the show. Maybe you or a few of your friends have a side hustle that you want to turn full-time. Maybe even one of you has an app you’d like to launch! There’s a labor of love out there waiting for you and your talents. Whether it’s an already-established small business, a fairly new start-up, or simply a vision that exists in a mind, your next job may be closer to you than you think. Think big, and think positive.
Have you used your extended circle to network your way to a new job?
(Feature image via @sarahdewald)