“I just reached out to a few people I knew in the industry and asked if they knew anyone who was hiring.”

English Lesson: I just reached out to a few people I knew in the industry and asked if they knew anyone who was hiring.

You recently got a new job. You're talking to a friend who asks how you found this job so quickly. You explain how it happened.

I just reached out to a few people I knew in the industry and asked if they knew anyone who was hiring.

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reach out to (someone)

To "reach out to" someone means to contact them to ask for help or information.

For example:

My cousin is a real estate agent. I can reach out to him and ask if he's heard of any good deals in the area.

"Reach out to ___" sounds positive. People often use this phrase in business situations.

(someone) is in the industry

An "industry" is all of the companies and jobs that do something similar. Some examples of industries are:

  • the legal industry
  • the film industry
  • the auto industry

If someone works in the same industry as you or the person you're speaking to, you can say that they're "in the industry":

People who aren't in the industry just don't understand how much work goes into it!

(a business) is hiring

When a business is looking for employees to hire, you can say that they "are hiring":

A: Are you hiring?

B: Sorry, no. Not at the moment.