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  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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Industry or professional organizations are some of the best job search resources anywhere.  These can be fantastic because they are a direct connection for you to people in your field—including potential hiring managers, but that’s not your only benefit here.  You can expand your network, you can learn a lot about your field, and you can often find out about jobs that aren’t necessarily listed on national job boards.

For instance, I was a part of several organizations when I was in clinical diagnostics sales:

My membership in these organizations paid off for me in multiple ways, over and over again.  I ended up with great connections to potential customers as well as great sales reps and industry leaders I learned a lot from.  My network and my knowledge both grew as a result of my membership.  Every industry has some of these organizations, and they are extremely valuable for you.

There are thousands of these kinds of associations.  Here are some examples:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

National Retail Federation

International Association of Administrative Professionals

Information Technology Association of America

Society for Economic Dynamics

International Advertising Association

This list isn’t even big enough to qualify as the tip of the iceberg because there are just so many of these organizations.  Find yourself a directory and start looking.  I think that Weddle’s Association Index is a good place to start.

So how do you take advantage of these resources?

Industry organizations usually have an events calendar you can find with lots of opportunities to participate.  They will very often hold at least monthly events.  Go to these events.  They are very valuable to you, maybe more so than alumni organization events or generalized networking events because they are a concentrated gathering of people in your field.  Think about all the hiring managers you could meet!

When you go, just follow the guidelines of good network event practices:  Don’t be shy about introducing yourself. Have a quick but confident explanation of who you are and what you do ready to go, but listen more than you talk. Try to make some sort of a meaningful connection beyond just trading business cards.  Follow up after the event with a personalized email or personalized LinkedIn invitation to connect (no generic invitations allowed).

Industry associations also usually have very strong networks within the organization…everybody usually knows everybody, and when you join, you will eventually know everyone, too.

Some industry organizations have internal job boards, which can be helpful.  But beware…they will also attract a pool of highly motivated, connected candidates who also belong to that organization and saw the listing, too.

Bottom line:  When it comes to industry organizations, join and participate.  They’re worth it.

 

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