Research shows that most job positions aren’t listed on any job boards/career websites. This means that the best way to find a real job is through networking. I’m guessing your next question might be “I’m an Oleh Chadash/Newcomer to the country — how am I supposed to have a network if I don’t know a lot of people yet?” I had the same question when I landed in Israel; so keep reading to find my solution to this problem!
The first time I looked for a job in Israel, I had support from both Nancy Gonen from Gvahim, who was allocated as my HR Consultant, and Oded Israeli, who is my mentor (as I already mentioned in my first blog post). Three years later, my network has expanded: I have Nancy and Oded, but now I also have my husband and my husband’s family (he’s Israeli, so I know that I have an advantage over other Olim Chadashim). In addition, I have ex-colleagues (from my previous job), but asking them to help me through their connections wasn’t making my phone ring enough.
This is when I began to read more about networking and decided to start my own ‘networking project’. So far, I still haven’t found a job, but I’m so happy with the results! I’ve met amazing people willing to help me (Israel is made of Olim Chadashim; If they haven’t been in the same situation themselves before, they know someone who was)! I have to be honest with you: out of 100 attempts to connect, I managed to properly connect with 20 of them. Is this rate a bit low? Yes, but I succeeded in being called to interviews for several opportunities that weren’t even published and/or obtained referrals for job openings.
In this first post about networking, the main topic I want to elaborate more upon is LinkedIn. After LinkedIn was created, the act of finding and/or to expanding your network has become so much easier! So enjoy the maximum potential that this tool has to offer you! Don’t have a LinkedIn account or haven’t had the time to update it yet? Do it as fast as you can, because without this tool AND without networking you won’t survive the Israeli job market… read this article for tips on how to write a great LinkedIn profile. Do it step by step and, if you don’t have enough time to invest – start with the basic stuff and improve other sections with time. Quit whining that you “don’t have friends/connections from school, army, university, previous jobs, family friends, etc”! LinkedIn is here to end this problem!
Below, I’ll summarize my main process while looking for a job and will explain each step. People who know me well, know that I love to draw while explaining! A picture is worth a thousand words!
- Create a list of companies that interests you – don’t know where to search? Try this list or this list. Navigate through their websites and learn about Israelis companies. Check if your skills and previous experiences match the core business of the companies you’ll be targeting.
- Select one company (prioritize) – this is a very personal matter. Here are some ideas on some elements that can help you prioritize and select the first company you’ll be targeting: company size, location, geographical diversification, growth during the last year, company’s mission, etc.
- Look for open positions at the company’s website – since this task should be repeated several times until you’ll find your next job, I suggest creating a very simple list using Excel or Google Sheets, with 3 columns: company name, career website and last visit to the career website. If you need any help creating this list, I’m offering my services at Fiverr.
- Check who you know that works for this company – great, you’ve found an open position for the company you’re targeting! This is the easiest way, but still not as simple as filling the form on the website and click “apply for this position”. Go to your LinkedIn account, search for the company’s page and check how many of your connections work for this company. Below is a picture that will make it easier to understand.
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So far, I have explained why networking is important, how networking has given me an advantage over people that only apply online, I have presented a summary of the steps I perform to find and expand my networking using LinkedIn and explained steps 1 to 4. My next post will continue with the step by step that will help you connect with people that work for your targeted companies. Topics 5 to 7, I learned doing them myself. Most of the ideas came from people I met while looking for a job, but I didn’t find this information on any other website/blog. Next week, I’ll share this exclusive content I created with you. Stay tuned and enjoy this time to start selecting your target companies!