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Power Of Networking In Job Search

Networking should be done on an ongoing basis, even when a person is not looking for a job
Candidates need to be reminded of the critical importance of keeping their networking active at all times. This will help them uncover opportunities that they may not be aware of and open their eyes to new possibilities.
Networking is about relationships and, potentially, the exchange of mutual assistance
Too often networking is thought of as “contacting and using people.” And, in reality, some people do conduct networking in that fashion. However, good networkers understand that networking is really about developing and cultivating healthy professional relationships with others. Out of these healthy professional relationships comes mutually beneficial results. Networking is a two-way street in which each person helps, or has the potential to help, the other person.
People, your relatives, friends, and associates know are usually the most helpful networking contacts
Too often, people only network with relatives and friends. They forget the next level of the network, namely people that their relatives and friends know. This level of networking has continually been shown to be the most helpful level for job candidates. This network is developed by the networker contacting his/her relatives, friends, and associates and making them aware of the particular need to network. In one way, it is advertising to one’s ring of contacts and asking if they know people who the networker should contact.
“Personal” advertising is critical for successful networking
It is critical for networkers to make sure that their ring of contacts, their network, know they are networking. This will help the networker connect with his/her network’s contacts, thus expanding his/her network. Often the result of these additional connections is more information, help, and opportunities for the networker.
When making networking contacts: (1) Be prepared; (2) talk to people who can help you; (3) create current or future value for the person you are talking to; (4) be energetic; and (5) be persistent
This preparation has been shown to be the best way to network. It has consistently shown to be the best way to get good networking results. It requires hard work and dedication, but will give the networker strong short-term and long-term results.
Students should not confine themselves to one job sourcing activity
It is common for job seekers to rely only on job postings through the internet and the newspapers. Most jobs are found through networking, yet most job seekers fail to fully utilize that job search method. A wide range of resources should be utilized in the job search, with networking at or near the top of the list.


References play an important role in the job search process
References are important indicators of a candidate’s work habits. Assembling good references helps reinforce a candidate’s candidacy in the job search process.
References do not play the only role in the job search process
While important, job references are only a part of the overall job search process. References on their own typically do not get a candidate a job. They are part of the puzzle and serve to either support or detract from a candidate’s attractiveness.
Reference checks are viewed and used in different ways by employers
Some employers place great weight on references, while others hardly use them in the interviewing process. Due to legal considerations, many organizations give only limited information about a former employee. In this regard, references have little value. Individual references from past supervisors or others familiar with the candidate’s work habits and abilities can have a significant effect on the candidate’s opportunities.
References can be asked for from anyone who is familiar with a candidate’s work habits and abilities
Past supervisors usually are most familiar with a candidate’s abilities, but past co-workers, supervisor’s supervisors, and others from work, educational, or community settings will also be familiar with the candidate. Students should be encouraged to seek references from both employers and non-employers.
References should not be asked for from close relatives
This is a standard that should be adhered to.
Use proper etiquette in requesting references
Students should be reminded to be courteous and professional in requesting references. In addition, students should be reminded not to list someone as a reference until after they’ve agreed to be a reference. This guarantee can prevent embarrassment later if the person declines to be a reference.
Different references can comment on different aspects of a candidate’s profile
Make sure that the students realize that references see them in a variety of contexts. Tell students to think about who are the most appropriate and beneficial references for them.
Letters of recommendation are a typical extension of references
Letters of recommendation further support a candidate’s candidacy. Letters should be obtained from those who can help the candidate most in the job search process. For students, faculty members are a frequent source of recommendation letters. Emphasize the students that the faculty member should know the student reasonably well, through classes taken, office appointments, or activities.

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