Friday, February 20, 2009

Successful networking example

Despite the urge to babysit Craigslist or other posting boards, the most productive job searches are still those involving personal contact. People who know you can either suggest other contacts or might know of openings where they work.
That approach worked well for a grad who moved to a new city where she didnít know anyone. What to do? Well, she started by finding a local church, more for worship purposes than any thoughts of networking in mind. But she went beyond that, joined a small group and got to know others who cared about her. A few months later, someone from that group told her about a current opening at a local business. Our alumís advice for other grads?
ďAs for finding a job in this economy, I think it’s helpful to inform others of your situation. In my small group, I would share my frustrations and my problems with looking for a job. If there is an open position with any company and you know an insider, it’s really helpful. Or…they could know people who know people, which is what happened to me. I figured out it’s like a connection game.Ē

Small group not for you? Well, what about joining an organization or volunteering? What about past or present professors? Guest speakers in your classes? Other college alumni? Friends of your family or acquaintances from your internships?  Basically, start by brainstorming a list of any and all possible contacts to kick off your own networking process.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 02/20 at 01:46 PM
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