“It’s who you know…”
The experts agree- networking is the most effective way to find a job.
80 percent of jobs are found through networking!
Learn to network like a pro- Here’s how:
Start by making a list of everyone you know. Be sure to include contacts from volunteer organizations, church, professional organizations, clubs, neighbors, former classmates, school alumni, teachers, Co-workers, former co-workers, your doctor, hairdresser, dentist, you get the idea.
You’ll find your list will be bigger than you think!
Get the word out- seize every opportunity to publicize your job search. Let them all know the type of position you’re looking for and welcome ideas.
Keep track of everyone you contact and add them to your list. Keep notes on your interactions- phone calls, interviews, resume mailings, etc. Record who refers you to whom and your follow-up. Be sure to thank people in your network for referrals.
Ask about and learn from what other people do. Learn about their job, how they got started, and ask if they have any advice for you. The ideas these interactions will spark will be endless.
Belong to at least three organizations. Find out about and attend formal networking events, and have a professional looking business card to hand out with your contact information.
Your goal is to develop a huge network of contacts who will lead you to someone who needs to hire a person just like you. The larger your network, the more opportunities you’ll have.