Networking Makes It Easier to Find a Job in Facility Management
Facility management, careers April 7, 2010
Today's tip has to do with finding a new job in facility management.
Even in the best of circumstances, finding a rewarding position in facility management can be a challenge – doubly so when the economy is in the doldrums. The time to get ready for a job search is before you actually need to find a job.
That’s why it's important to develop and maintain a network of contacts in the industry. If you do need a job, you have circle of people in the field you can turn to. They may not know of a job, but they may have advice or contacts that could prove useful.
Today, there are more ways than ever to build a network. Professional associations offer a ready-made network. Conventions and trade shows are also good ways to meet new contacts or renew old ties.
Technology gives facility managers new options for networking. Social networking sites range from the broad-based &emdash; like Facebook &emdash; to the targeted: MyFacilitiesNet.com, which is devoted to facility related issues and provides opportunities for posting resumes and joining groups of facility professionals interested in specific topics.
Simply building a network isn't enough. Facility managers should also find reasons to keep in touch with contacts, whether that's sending them pictures of a big project you’re working on, commenting on something you've read about their organizations, or asking how things are going. And if those contacts are using a social networking site, keeping in touch is even easier.