Job Search Networking with the Countryside Management Association!
“Anything up to 60% of people seeking employment benefit from active job search networking. Developing contacts, talking to those already in the industry, friends and family, and attending events like training days and annual conferences all play a key role in accessing the pathway to that dream job you really want” (The Balance Careers 2018)
Taking control of your future
It can be a daunting experience finding a job. By tradition it is a strange and sometimes an embarrassing thing to advertise yourself, your achievements and why you think that an employer must give you a job.
But spare a thought for a moment, how do you know about anything at all? That new pair of trainers, that new dress heralding the new trending fashion or perhaps that gadget or computer game new to the market. All of these things are ‘advertised’. Finding a job is no different. Employers need to know that you are out there and you need to tell employers that you are available for hire.
So how do you ‘advertise’ you?
Well the simple answer is you do it every single day possibly without knowing it. Think about it, how many people do you physically meet or talk too every day? How many people do you talk to by social media on a daily basis? How many likes, links or followers do you have? All of this is ‘advertising’ YOU! And all of these activities are ‘Networking’.
Getting ready to ‘advertise’ you!
- Get some calling cards made up;
- Produce a power point promotional testimonial;
- Subscribe to CJS; and
- Join the relevant social media groups and associations
These are great when you are out and about. Calling cards are your ‘handshake’ a good positive handshake makes the all-important first impression. The card must have your contact details on it, a picture of you to remind the recipient of your meeting. If you have qualifications make sure that they are on there too (chainsaw, brushcutter, or even licences to work with European Protected Species). If it’s relevant put it on your card!
Use all of the card front and back, you have paid for it so use it! Use good quality card. Do not produce your calling card on cheap flimsy paper.
Power Point promotional testimonial
One of the main networking medians out there is the direct formal
approach. In the old days letter after letter would be posted at great
expense.Today we have email and dozens of emails can be sent in the click of a mouse. A power point promo is one of the most powerful ways that you can advertise yourself. Be short and sweet, bullet point your facts and use pictures of you in action. Perhaps it’s you volunteering, a school or college/university field trip. A testimonial from someone who knows your work value (voluntary or paid). This sends a powerful message to a potential employer.
Remember a potential employer is busy so everything needs to be at a glance, colourful and something that catches the eye quickly is best.
Subscribing to CJS
Knowing all the job market and which jobs are on offer is where CJS comes in.
Social media groups & joining associations
Job forums, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are all useful ways to advertise yourself but none of these can replace direct contact with potential employers. Joining organisations like the Countryside Management Association will certainly get a future employers attention.
Formed in 1966 the CMA is the largest organisation supporting the work of conservation, access and recreation professionals in the natural greenspace and countryside sector throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Our aim is to support the development of staff, students and volunteers involved in the management, interpretation, and public enjoyment of natural greenspace and the countryside through networking, training and continuing professional development.
Our study days are a fantastic opportunity to meet up and share best practice, see practical land management in operation, and test out new bits of kit or simply find out about a site and how it’s managed.
These events take place at a wide range of sites from National Nature Reserves to Country Parks and everything in between. Study days also offer the chance to develop long lasting friendships and contacts within the industry.
It’s easy to join CMA or attend one of our events. Simply go onto the
www.countrysidemanagement.org.uk and follow the links to ‘Join’ or
‘Study days and Events’.