It’s Okay to Reach Out to Your Network During the Pandemic

A positive development the last few months has brought out is people’s desire to lend a helping hand. So if you’re looking for a job right now, it’s actually a great time to reach out to your network.

Still, as I can attest as an Executive Recruiter, there are some better ways of reaching out during uncertainty. The Muse sums up a few key points:

1. Ask for something specific — an introduction to a particular person or some information about a company, for instance.

2. Be empathetic — when you reach out to your old boss from three companies ago, keep in mind you don’t know what they’re going through right now.

3. Be patient — don’t hound or pester. You can check in again (politely) if you don’t hear in a few weeks, but have other options if you don’t hear back.

I am interested in your tips about approaching people in your network right now.