比起 “是的，我会接受任何职位”， 我们可以做得更好。试一试这样说：“我非常擅长X，Y和Z技能。我对执行A，B和C的角色不太感兴趣。这些功能在您的公司中如何实现？根据我分享的技能，您认为我还应该考虑其他职位吗？”
Networking in the best of times can be stressful and difficult, but adding on the pressures of a rocky job market and a huge influx of people doing the same thing means you need to stand above the crowd. It’s a good time to network regardless of the position you’re in.
Don’t be vague
For many of us, a tough economy means that our dream job might be a bit out of reach while we prioritize stability and our livelihood. Sometimes, however, being really wide open to opportunities won’t deliver us results if we don’t know how to frame our skills and our “ask.”
Instead of, “Yes, I’d be open to anything!” We can do better. Try, “I’m very good at X, Y, and Z skills. I am less interested in roles that do A, B, and C. How do those functions get done at your company? Based on the skills I shared, are there other things you think I should be considering?”
Think along the supply chain of your industry
In a great job market, networking your way to a more successful competitor is often a way to go. In a tough one, that could look a little different. While you may definitely have opportunities across the street at similar companies in your industry, you might have to widen the funnel.
Instead, start to think about the “supply chain” of your industry. Who are your clients? Who are their clients? The same goes for suppliers or adjacent services that you might know a few degrees of separation away. Thinking inside your industry “ecosystem” is one of the most successful ways to position yourself as having valuable skills in a new role.
Tap back into the alma mater
Career services offered by your school aren’t just for recent departures. A number of colleges, trade schools, and universities today offer lifetime career assistance through resume review, job forums, and networking events. And, while the top echelon of schools seem to have alumni networks that persist over years, some of us have really fallen off in contact with our alma mater.