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Tip #4 DON’T EXPECT LEADS OVERNIGHT If you are fresh to job market, don’t expect to get a lead from everyone you talk to. It just doesn’t work that way and not that easily. For some contacts, it's important to build and nurture relationship before asking about job leads. Don’t be too aggressive as that is usually a turnoff.
Tip #5 NETWORK FOR THE LONG RUN Think of this as a long term career strategy. The contacts you make will only get stronger and people you meet make now will move into higher positions. Once you find a job, don’t let network collapse, it's important that you meet that old contact for lunch once a month or play raquetball with that old co-worker. This network that you form now will be extremely helpful for many, many years to come.
=========================================== QUICK NETWORKING HINTS =========================================== 1. Make an impression quickly when you first meet someone and try and get your story across before conversation ends. 2. Don’t be aggressive and ask about job openings first time you meet someone. Be subtle in your approach. 3. Try to get a business card, phone number, setup a future lunch date, etc., Basically, some method of future contact or follow-up so that you can develop this further.
=========================================== SOURCES TO START YOUR NETWORK =========================================== 1. College alumni association 2. Churches, parties, weddings, almost any social gathering 3. Your family (uncles, cousins, distant family) 4. Former co-workers (as they migrate into other companies) 5. Your professors, career counselors, faculty and advisors 6. Your own friends and your friends’ parents or key contacts
So now you have fundamentals, start networking! Make new contacts, find more job leads, and make some great friends along way.
Sincerely, Nathan Newberger Managing Editor http://www.WorkTree.com "Helping You Find More Jobs Faster"
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