Step 8: Network, Network, Network
Here are some critcal career networking tips. Networking is perhaps THE essential tool of job-hunting.
Importance of Networking… for Your Job-Search AND Career.
Career experts estimate that the vast majority of job openings are never advertised or publicly announced, but filled through word-of-mouth or networking — known as the “hidden job market.” Read lots more about the importance of networking at: Networking Your Way to a New Job.
Who Should You Network With?
Everyone! Is everyone an exaggeration? Perhaps, but we’re trying to make the point that really anyone can and should be in your network: family, friends (and their families), neighbors, school/college counselors and advisers, teachers and professors, former employers, and anyone else who might have an interest in helping you find the job of your dreams.
How Should You Network?
Network in person and online — and keep building connections. Join professional and community groups. Attend conferences and trade shows. Join LinkedIn, Facebook, or other social networking sites.
Expand Your Network Through Informational Interviews
A really cool way of learning more about an industry and career path — as well as building your network — is through the use of informational interviews. The purpose of the informational interview is to obtain information, not to get a job. For everything you ever wanted to know about this type of interviewing, go to the Quintessential Careers: Informational Interviewing Tutorial.
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