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Once you know some things about a person in your network, you'll naturally find reasons to get in touch with them. If you find out they're a Yankees fan, you might e-mail them after a spectacular Yankee game and ask them what they thought of it. Or if you find out they're into fitness, you might e-mail them an article you came across about exercise techniques. These little communications -- especially if they're thoughtful and/or helpful -- will keep you on person's radar screen and they'll be more likely to think about you and your situation when they're talking to other people they know.
If you're looking for a way to make staying in touch with your contacts easier, we recommend checking out RelationshipSecure software. RelationshipSecure provides a way to send out e-mails to people in your Outlook address book to verify their contact information. They get an opportunity to make any necessary corrections, and those changes automatically update your Outlook address book. Find out more by visiting www.RelationshipSecure.com.
It also might make sense for you to start working on expanding your network of contacts. Now that you've gotten a sense of basics of networking effectively with other people, why not apply those techniques to working with recruiters? The great thing about recruiters is they are in business of knowing people who can help you find a new position. Posting your resume on several job boards is one effective way of getting in front of a lot of recruiters. We recommend ResumeDirector.com service for this. Using ResumeDirector, you enter your resume once and then it's posted instantly on over 90 job sites like Monster, HotJobs, CareerBuilder, etc.
Another approach to getting in touch with recruiters is to e-mail your resume to them. ResumeArrow.com lets you select your geographic location and job category and send your resume to recruiters who are looking for people like you.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.