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Jump-Start Your Career by Networking

There are a number of ways you can utilize to acquire your next job opportunity.  You can find a recruiter with a good reputation, research and answer any appropriate ads, and send out your resume.

One of the most effective ways to search for a new job or new career is by networking.  If you learn how to network successfully, you can create new opportunities simply by getting your name in the proper places and in front of the right people.  It is very important that you work efficiently so you don't end up wasting valuable time.  When you are job searching, time management is critical. 

The following are 3 tips to assist you with your networking efforts:

1.  Try Online Networking - Online social networking has become extremely popular.  Whether you are using fun sites such as Facebook and MySpace, or professional sites like LinkedIn, you will be amazed at how many professional recruiters are finding candidates on these sites.  Corporations of all sizes are also visiting these sites to research possible candidates.  It is imperative that you keep your presentation on these sites highly professional.  Do not put any information or photos that you don't want a potential employer to see.  If you set up a personal professional website or have a presence on message boards, you must keep these very professional as well.  Networking online is an excellent way to conduct research and make connections.  If you are successful with your efforts, you will see positive results.

2.  Join Organizations, Groups and Clubs - The best way to network in person is to place yourself around individuals who may be able to assist you in your job search.  There are thousands of professional organizations that you can join.  These Groups and Clubs are set up by professions.  Whether you are in the IT profession, HR profession or Accounting profession, there are countless organizations available to you.  When you attend these meetings, you are surrounded by others in your chosen career profession.  It is up to you to maximize your conversations with others.  Attend these events with the intent of getting contact names and numbers of those who can advance your job search!

3.  Tell ALL of your Family and Friends that You Are in a Job Search - This form of networking is often forgotten.  Send your resume to everyone you know.  You never know who they may know.  One of your closest relatives may know someone who is hiring in your field.  One of your best friends may have a friend who is a hiring authority who can help you.  Even a neighbor may have connections that can provide you with a name of a professional in your area of expertise.  Networking with the people you know is often perceived as less threatening.  Make sure that you make these calls and get your resume out as well.

Overall, networking is a skill that needs to be taken seriously when you are searching for a job.  Once you feel comfortable with your networking abilities, your results will have a very positive impact on your overall job search efforts!


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