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Networking

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Table of Contents

  1. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 1 -- Networking

  2. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 2 -- Previous Bosses

  3. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 3 -- LinkedIn

  4. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 4 -- Facebook

  5. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 5 -- Social Media

  1. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 6 -- Trade Shows

  2. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 7 -- Career Fairs

  3. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 8 -- Previous Co-Workers

  4. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 9 -- Companies you’ve interviewed with before

  5. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 10 -- Recruiters

  1. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 11 -- YouTube

  2. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 12 -- Job Boards

  3. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 13 -- Internships / Volunteering

  4. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 14 -- Job Shadowing

  5. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 15 -- Alumni Organizations


  1. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 16 -- Social / Civic Events

  2. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 17 -- Newspapers

  3. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 18 -- Networking Events

  4. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 19 -- Industry Organizations

  5. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 20 -- Freelancing / Consulting / Temping


  1. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 21 -- Career Coaching

  2. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 22 -- Resume Blasts

  3. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 23 -- Friends / Family / Church

  4. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 24 -- Career Counseling Centers

  5. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 25 -- Offbeat Methods

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Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you know…it’s WHO you know”?  That’s not entirely true, but there’s a healthy-enough grain of truth in that statement to make networking a very powerful job search strategy.

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The most important thing you can do when you’re in the job hunt is to let your network know that you need a job.  Because really, it’s not just who YOU know….it’s who THEY know.  You just have no idea which friend of a friend might have a lead on the perfect job for you.  But if no one in your network knows you’re looking, how are they supposed to tell you when they hear of something?  They won’t, because they won’t know that you care about hearing it.

Who is your network?  Who are the people you should be telling about your job search?  Everyone:  your previous bosses, the people you have worked with before or work with currently, your past clients or customers, the people your husband works with, the people your sister works with, your kid’s friends’ parents, your church, your friends, the friends of your friends, your acquaintances, your doctor, your butcher, your baker, and your candle-stick maker….EVERYONE.  I have personal experience with someone who got a great job through another mom she knew at her son’s school PTO.  And I read about someone who told her manicurist that she was looking for a job, and the manicurist had another client who was looking for someone to fill a job.

networking tipsBecause it’s not just who you know, it’s who THEY know.  Do they know someone who might know about a job for you?

So how do you network?  The most important thing to remember for successful networking is to be really, really positive.  Try to be as upbeat as you can (without slipping into some kind of weird manic cheerleader mode).

Talk about what it is you’re looking for and what you’ve done in terms of solving problems for others.  And don’t be afraid to ask “Do you have any advice for me?”  People generally like to be able to help someone else out, especially if it’s just with information.  (They might not want to hold the elevator for you, but they’ll be glad to tell you about a company that’s hiring.)

And if they happen to be able to tell someone else about you, that’s even better.  If whoever refers you has a great reputation or if they can just communicate about you well, that recommendation carries you a long way.  All they really have to say is something like, “Hey, this person is super-organized, there has got to be a place where this person fits.”  That kind of thing can do a lot to get you an interview; then it’s all up to you to get the job.

 

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