Networking -
The Secret to Your Success

    Networking may sound like something only people in high level jobs in a gigantic company do, but the truth is...anyone can network, even you! In fact, networking might be one of the best ways of finding a job. Most employers only advertise as a last resort to finding a new employee. Usually, employers will start by asking their current employees if they know of anyone looking for a job. If you have been networking, your name may come up as someone who might be interested in coming to work for their company.

    The best part of networking is how easy it is. You begin by making a list of every person you, your family and your friends know. Then you contact these people and tell them you are looking for a job. Tell them what you are looking for and ask if they know of any openings in your area of interest. If not, ask them to keep you in mind in case something comes up.

    Be sure to keep good records of who you talked to and how they helped. Check back with your contacts periodically and let them know when you find a job. Always send a thank you note to anyone willing to give you a hand. And remember that every person you meet could be a potential contact!

Why networking works... Only 20% of all job openings are advertised in the newspapers or through employment agencies. Thatís just the tip of the iceberg!

The other 80% of the job openings are filled by the employer checking with employees or other people in the industry to see if they know of any potential candidates. That could be you!

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