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This career article will explain to you the benefits of networking. I will also provide some tips and sources that you can use immediately to start building your personal network.

Iíll quickly cover the following:

A) Why Network With People?
B) Five Networking Tips To Get Started.
C) Quick Networking Hints.
D) Sources To Start Your Network.

Career Networking Fact

Employers love referrals and first look to tap their own workers for people they know that can fill open positions. Its cheaper and provides for more quality employees.

By networking, you increase your chances of being personally referred and thus have your foot in the door.

Why Network With People?

It's true, some of the best jobs are never advertised. Many are filled by successful job seekers who networked with the right people and got the job before it was ever advertised.

Itís a proven fact that informal networking is a great method to gain more job leads and information about job opportunities that are not normally advertised. There is more to successful networking than just talking to your friends. To be a successful networker you must have as many contacts as possible hear your pitch and understand that you are in the job market. There are many studies and surveys that clearly show that networking made the difference for successful job seekers.

Now that you understand the power of networking, here are some tips and advice that will help you get started.

Five Career Networking Tips You Must Know

Tip #1 Network Anywhere

Thatís the beauty of this strategy. You can network in a movie line, restaurants, church, a friendís wedding, etc. Converse and communicate your desires to 20 people at the next social get togetherÖ those 20 people know 20 more people and so on. You get the idea. To get a jump on things, easily start with people you already know such as family and friends. The size of this network may surprise you.

Tip #2 Network For Referrals

Remember your goal: You want the people who you network with to eventually get your resume in front of the person doing the hiring. As you network you will meet many people at various companies. If you find out that a job is open at one of these companies, you will definitely have an advantage by saying you know so and so or even having that person ďreferĒ you in. Companies always lean more towards inside referrals when hiring.

Tip #3 Don't By Shy

You never know who could have the perfect untapped job lead. For many people, there is an anxiety fear of just meeting new people and starting a conversation. Its really not that bad, if someone came up to you and started small talk, how would you feel? You wouldnít think any less of the person would you? People by nature are of a social nature. Donít be shy as it could cost you the perfect opportunity. By just dropping your name to the right person you only increase your chances.

Tip #4 Don't Expect Leads Overnight

If you are fresh to the job market, donít expect to get a lead from everyone you talk to. It just doesnít work that way and not that easily. For some contacts, it's important to build and nurture the relationship before asking about job leads. Donít be too aggressive as that is usually a turnoff.

Tip #5 Network For The Long Run

Think of this as a long term career strategy. The contacts you make will only get stronger and the people you meet make now will move into higher positions. Once you find a job, donít let the network collapse, it's important that you meet that old contact for lunch once a month or play raquetball with that old co-worker. This network that you form now will be extremely helpful for many, many years to come.

Three Quick Job Networking Hints

  • Make an impression quickly when you first meet someone and try and get your story across before the conversation ends.
  • Donít be aggressive and ask about job openings the first time you meet someone. Be subtle in your approach.
  • Try to get a business card, phone number, setup a future lunch date, etc., Basically, some method of future contact or follow-up so that you can develop this further.


Six Sources To Start Your Network

  • College alumni association
  • Churches, parties, weddings, almost any social gathering
  • Your family (uncles, cousins, distant family)
  • Former co-workers (as they migrate into other companies)
  • Your professors, career counselors, faculty and advisors
  • Your own friends and your friendsí parents or key contacts


CONCLUSION

Remember, networking can happen almost anywhere at anytime. The next person you bump into might bump into someone else who knows the uncle of the person who might just be offering your dream job! So now you have the fundamentals, start networking! Make new contacts, find more job leads, and make some great friends along the way.

About The Author

Nathan Newberger is the job and career expert at www.WorkTree.com. Nathan has over 10 years of experience in staffing and human resources. He has worked both as a recruiter and career counselor. Mr. Newberger has been the Managing Editor at www.WorkTree.com for the past 5 years and his articles have helped thousands of job seekers.

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