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Job Hunting - 10 Tips to Build Your Network
March 22nd, 2010 by Sergey Novoselov  Posted in Job Search, Most Popular, Networking

Jobs search overload? Let us do the work!You’ve been working for the same employer and didn’t update your resume for a few years. Now all of a sudden you have to start job hunting again. You’ve contacted your former colleagues, all the people you know and, after a few months, finally realize that it’s not enough. You need to start getting in touch with people from professional groups, your alumni association, etc.

The trouble is, you don’t know those people and not sure how to approach them. You’re certainly not alone. Probably every other person has the same problems. Like anything else, however, networking gets easier the more you do it. We’ll give you a few tips to get started.

1. Rank your contacts by your level of comfort and start from less difficult to most difficult.

2. Tell them that you’re looking for a job. The worst mistake is to avoid admitting that you’re out of work. If you pretend you’re not unemployed, you may never learn about certain job openings.

3. Prepare your “elevator speech”. Everyone is busy, so catching someone’s attention as quickly as possible is vital. Practice to introduce yourself in a way that immediately tells the other person about you and what you have to offer. Of course, there is no a universal speech and you might have to change it depending on your audience.

4. Ask for advice rather than information. It might produce useful insights or suggestions about other people you should contact.

5. Don’t forget to ask for additional contacts. It also makes it much easier if you can start your conversation saying that somebody recommended you to contact that person.

6. You never know unless you ask, so never assume a negative answer. You’ll be surprised how many people are actually pleased to hear from you.

7. Offer something in return whenever you can. The fact that you’re out of job doesn’t mean you have nothing to offer - any information can be useful.

8. Keep track of all you contacts and email them periodically to update them on your job search. This keeps you in people’s minds and lets them respond quickly if they hear of anything that might help you.

9. Don’t stop networking even after you get a new job. Statistics tells us that the average tenure in a job is about four years. You don’t want to start building your network from scratch.

10. Share your ideas and personal experiences. It will help you and others to gain the confidence in this process.
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  • Man I hate looking for new jobs :( I will take this tip "the worst mistake is to avoid admitting that you’re out of work. If you pretend you’re not unemployed, you may never learn about certain job openings." and will always remember it, thanks.

  • Gayatri

    Very useful and realistic article.

  • Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

  • Yvonne Ervin

    Thank you so much, you have provided such useful information. Yes, I have started to network and am trying to learn how to network to find long, rich and lasting relationships. Best wishes to you.

  • Networking is a mutual exchange of ideas, business leads, intros and information. In my experience connecting with people and offering something in return is the key to developing sustainable relationships. Like Katherine says, if you help others, your net will be cast out much further and referrals will sooner or later come back to you severalfold.
    Take good care,
    Karl Davison

  • For Deborah,
    building a network is one person at a time. Start where you are and it will surprise you how quickly your contacts build, in quality as well as quantity if you offer the care I read into your comment. I would be happy to connect with you and assist you in your job search and your efforts to build your network.

  • Deborah Abrahamsohn

    I think you wrote nice hints and tips,the problem is that sometimes the people you ask for advice somtimes they don't like it,some other times they think that maybe you're going to steal their jobs,or connections, i don't know probably i expected form others too much or it's the way i think that is wrong...but i believe is not so simple as in your tips, especially if you are a new in a new country where you are alone and you do not control the "territory", in the sense that you have to start up everything,llike a new born.

  • jilan

    thank you very much for providing valuable suggestions for us sir..and i hope i am going to get such kind of suggestions for long period..thank you once again..

  • Liam John Anderson


    Many thanks for this article.

    I've read an awful lot of these things and this is one of the few that appears to be 'do-able' without gushing with excessive enthusiasm o roptimism or, alternatively, recommending cringe and nusea inducing strategies that would make most of your contacts avoid you like the plague!

    Best wishes


  • Faiz

    Very useful tips.

  • Great list for lifetime networking. If you dont' know what to offer, it is sometimes better to ask how you can assist the other person. And ask it everytime! It really makes you a standout networker.

  • Dear Sergey,

    Don't you forget to mention the advantages of linkedin? :-)

  • maria mercedes m.

    Thanks!!! It's help so much, 'cause we can offer the best of ourselves through this new lines of comunication.

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