by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Thanks again for participating in our Career Networking Assessment for Job-Seekers.
Please take a moment to review the rationale behind each statement. (You can skip to the scoring section if you are in a hurry to see your results.)
Review of Career Networking Assessment Statements
- The power of networking is all about obtaining solid job leads and receiving referrals and introductions.
- Never ask someone in your network for a job. Instead, inform your network of contacts that you are in the job market and ask for their assistance.
- Even if you are happily employed, you should continue networking.
- Just about any experience that has you interacting with others is a networking opportunity.
- As more and more people spend time online, it only makes sense to build a network of online friends and acquaintances.
- Studies show job boards result in fewer than 10 percent of all hiring while networking and referrals result in more than 80 percent.
- Your personal contacts will always have a much closer connection to you than online contacts, so keep making face-to-face connections.
- Volunteering is not only a great way to give back to your community, but one of the best venues to meet like-minded people and build your network.
- Informational interviews, while typically more common for college students and entry-level job-seekers, can be used by all job-seekers to build your network.
- It’s a no-brainer that joining at least one industry or professional association gives you access to a large network.
- It’s important to keep in touch with your network of contacts, but it’s especially important when you are searching for a new job.
- Attending professional events is not just about listening to speakers or earning additional education credits, it’s about mingling and meeting new people.
- A quick email or note of thanks works wonders in showing your appreciation to your network. Remember to do something more special if a network contact’s help leads directly to a new job.
- Professional groups, chambers of commerce, and colleges and universities often host networking events — designed specifically for people to meet and build relationships.
- Having an online presence is rapidly growing as the second most important tool of job-hunting — behind networking — and can actually lead to introductions to influential movers and shakers of your profession.
Give yourself 5 points for every true response and zero for every false response.
70-75 pts. — Networking Maven. No question about it. You understand the importance of networking and are a model for other job-seekers. You should have great success in future job-searches.
60-65 pts. — Networking Middler. You understand the fundamentals of networking, but fall just short of reaching your full networking potential. Take the time to make some minor adjustments to your networking and you should see even better results.
50-55 pts. — Networking Novice. You may struggle in finding a new job or changing careers unless you realize your networking errors and make efforts to enhance your efforts. Take the time now to learn more about the value of career networking.
Under 50 pts. — Networking Newborn. You are either new to job-hunting or simply greatly underestimate the power of networking in achieving your job-search and career goals. Take the time now to learn more about the value of career networking.
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