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Networking Tips

Here are the top 5 networking tips for job seekers:

  1. Start with your existing network: Begin by reaching out to friends, family, former colleagues, and acquaintances. Let them know you're actively seeking job opportunities and ask if they have any leads or can introduce you to people in your desired industry. Personal connections can often open doors that would otherwise remain closed.

  2. Attend networking events: Look for industry-specific conferences, career fairs, or professional association meetings in your area. Seriously.  The majority of people just don't "get out there" these days.  You'll separate yourselves from the pack.  Be prepared with business cards and a concise elevator pitch to introduce yourself effectively. Even better than business cards is adding them to LinkedIn right then and there. 

  3. Use online platforms: Leverage social media platforms such as LinkedIn to build and maintain a professional online presence. Connect with professionals in your industry, join relevant groups, and engage in discussions. Share industry-related content and showcase your expertise to attract potential employers. Remember to keep your profile updated and tailor it to highlight your skills and experience.

  4. Informational interviews: Request informational interviews with professionals working in your target industry or at companies you're interested in. This is an opportunity to gather insights, seek advice, and potentially uncover hidden job opportunities. Prepare a list of thoughtful questions and show genuine interest in their experiences. Building rapport during informational interviews can lead to referrals or valuable connections.

  5. Follow up and maintain relationships: After meeting someone at a networking event or conducting an informational interview, it's essential to follow up. Send personalized thank-you notes or emails expressing your gratitude for their time and insights. Stay connected by periodically reaching out to your network, sharing relevant industry news, and offering assistance when possible. Networking is a long-term investment, and nurturing relationships is crucial for future job opportunities.


Remember, networking is about building genuine connections and providing value to others. Approach networking with an open mindset, be proactive, and always maintain professionalism. Good luck with your job search!

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