Chapter 6: Job Search and Networking
There is no better place to start than with the people in your life that already know you. Develop a broad list of contacts including family, friends, neighbours, classmates, professors, current and previous coworkers and managers, and people you have met through various extracurricular, social, religious, and business activities. After you’ve developed your list, spend time talking to the people in your network and inform them that you are looking for work and let them know what kind of work you are looking for. Organize your network contacts and communicate regularly about your current needs, so that they can assist you better.
Here are some ways that you can utilize your existing networks:
- Ask your network contacts for information or referrals to companies or industries and job leads.
- Research your network contacts’ connections and inquire about people who are of interest to you.
- Ask if you can use their name when contacting the referrals.
- Always keep your networks informed of how they have helped you and thank them often for their efforts.
- Help your network too. Share any contacts, advice, or job leads that would be of interest to them.