Networking For jobs 

Finding a job takes longer than you think due to the sluggish job market. This is the reason you should learn to love networking for jobs and to make networking your top priority. That’s how to job search successfully.

Networking for jobs has always been the most important part of any job search; especially today when there’s more competition for the job you want.

Here’s a networking tip that will get you started. Make a list. It should contain the names of your current and former associates at work, your friends and family, customers with whom you did business on your last job, the business cards in your wallet, and everyone in your address book. Also list professional people who you know—especially your accountant, lawyer and doctors. Because you pay them to work for you, they’re god prospects for providing referrals, the fruit of networking. When people who you know introduce you to their contacts, you’re eventually led to open jobs before those positions are advertised or posted.

It’s important to understand that only half of the people on your list will be willing to help you. So before picking up the phone, place a check mark next to those names on your list who you feel would be most willing to help. In this way, you won’t experience a dose of rejection upfront.

Around 80 percent of all available jobs are never advertised. That’s why you need to build a network of contacts that can lead you to the job you want before others with similar qualifications have a chance to compete. That’s how to network for jobs. To learn more about networking, read The Quickest Way to Get a Job, a related post on Your Career Service.

Copyright © 2015 by Ransom Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.

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