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Networking is one of the best ways to expand your job search. Sending out resumes blindly can lead to dead ends and discourage job seekers. It is important to form a networking strategy for job seeking. But this takes careful planning.
Experienced workers who have held many positions in the past and have not burned bridges, have a much easier time. They can simply reach out to past employers and associates. These contacts are familiar with the job seekers qualifications and can recommend other companies or businesses that may be hiring.
On the contrary, job seekers with limited experience may have a more challenging time. These people will have to rely on school contacts or family members that have contacts in their chosen industry. Also, community members you might know, such as Pastors or Council people, have extensive rosters of contacts, who may be able to help.
Do not be discouraged if a referral does not have time to meet with you or will not return your calls. This happens sometimes, and it is no reflection on you or your skill set.
Once you get a meeting with your chosen contact, it is important to have your speech prepared. Prepare your talking points in advance and practice delivering them. This should highlight reasons why you would be an asset to the firm based on skills and experience. Additionally, be sure to ask the person if they have any insight that might help you get a job in your industry based on your skills, experience and education. Finally, take notes during your meeting and always follow up with a thank you email.
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