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Never Underestimate the Importance of Networking

Networking with other professionals in your industry is very advantageous when you’re looking for work. Through networking, you could meet a recruiter who has multiple clients looking for people with your skill set, hear about an unadvertised position, find a new consulting opportunity, get some insight into the best way to apply for a position, or even meet a hiring manager.

A frequent mistake is to focus on what you want, rather than connecting and listening to others. For networking to be extremely effective, the objective needs to be focused on helping and making notable connections.

A lot of valuable networking takes place in your every day life, whether at the work place, the gym, grocery store, or even meeting other parents when picking your kids up from school. Through the course of your life, if you are the type of person that tends to help others, you’ll find them much more open to helping you the next time you have a need.

Effective networking requires being proactive. Take the time to talk to people and more importantly, listen. Especially at work functions, industry trade, business meet ups and even conferences.

Remember; never forget the power of social media. While it will take meeting someone in person to solidify a business relationship, many new relationships first start via social networking sites. You can use sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay in touch with people you have met in person, as well as networking with others.

Always keep in mind your social footprint. Though personal accounts can have privacy settings, many job seekers are surprised with what can be found within a few google searches. If you don’t want something found, don’t ever put it on the internet. A smart tactic before you start your job search is to perform a few google searches of yourself, you may be surprised at what you find.

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