The most successful career search campaign combines both the hunter’s instinct for finding prime opportunities and the farmer’s patience for long-term growth and sustainability.

By combining the hunter’s keen eye and honed senses for recognizing opportunity with the farmer’s planning, patience and persistence, you can turn your network of contacts into career insurance that will yield bountiful opportunities for a long and satisfying career.

In today’s interconnected world, personal referrals are the best way to identify challenging career opportunities. Whether you are actively seeking a new job or you are content in your current position, if you have the right connections, opportunities will come your way.

Your network can help you source a role in the near term and create a pipeline of future leads. That is “career insurance.” Keep in touch through regular exchanges, either by email, social media, phone or in person. Share opportunities, experiences and best practices.

The best way to land the next role—with the added benefit of simultaneously developing lifetime career insurance to access new opportunities as a passive candidate and to enhance visibility—is to use your network with purpose.

Steps for success:

  • Define your goals and objectives for the next career challenge
  • Establish a unique value proposition that differentiates you from top competitors
  • Describe where your skills, talents, experience and knowledge will be most appreciated.
  • Develop positioning to attract decision makers and establish credibility among target employers
  • Establish credibility and expert status – promote your strengths, skills, knowledge and talents through traditional and social media channels

Today, you build your career on relationships, loyal connections and supporting the success of others.

Jobs do not find candidates, and rarely does applying, responding to an advertised posting or submitting a resume secure you an interview or get you hired.

Candidates must actively manage their careers like hunter’s seeking prey. Every individual must take personal responsibility for managing their career progress and establishing the career insurance that a vital network provides.