Effective Networking Skills: Taking Your Job Search To A Whole New Level

Written by David Richter

Your network consists of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and former employers. It also consists of your dentist, your barber or hair stylist, your accountant and your local grocery store manager. Networking is not only who you know, but who knows you. You may know a lot of people, but how well do they know you – especially in terms of your skills, talents, creativity and potential? How familiar are these people with your value proposition -- your unique gifts?

It is your value proposition that differentiates you fromrepparttar crowd; it is what stands out inrepparttar 135034 minds of those with whom you are networking. Your value proposition isrepparttar 135035 cornerstone for all self-introductory communication. It setsrepparttar 135036 tone. It’s how you make your mark. It is how you describe yourself during any networking scenario.

The best way to network is to communicate your qualities torepparttar 135037 people you know, so they in turn will know you better. Practice doing this in as concise and clear a way as possible. When you communicate your value proposition in a lasered way, you will be extremely effective.

Networking is never about asking someone for a job. It’s about letting people in, and asking questions such as “Who do you know?” and “Who else should I be talking to?” This process can truly mushroom, especially if you don’t wait until you are out of work before making contact with people. The results can be quite amazing.

Networking is also about finding out as much as you can aboutrepparttar 135038 people with whom you are networking. This serves many purposes. Remembering things about a personrepparttar 135039 next time you see them makes them feel significant. They will want to do more for you. Secondly, you can begin to connectrepparttar 135040 dots between their background and your own career objectives. Thirdly, you are building a bridge of trust; your encounter will be viewed as genuine and mutually beneficial, rather than as a manipulative gesture designed just for your gain.

Successful Job Search: 10 Steps To Quickly Acquire Your Dream Job And Put More Money In Your Pocket

Written by David Richter

This article describesrepparttar critical path of a job search. You will learnrepparttar 135033 strategies, tools and resources you must employ to be effective in your job search efforts and successfully land your next job. Do you want to continue your costly, time-consuming and exhausting struggle in a frustrating job search using weak, ineffective tools that are getting you nowhere? The job market today is fiercely competitive with few high-paying or desirable jobs available. With repeated downsizings, companies have learned to survive with less. Mediocrity has no place in your job search process. To be a player amongrepparttar 135034 huge number of job seekers, you need an edge, a unique compelling advantage. To be successful, you must differentiate yourself fromrepparttar 135035 crowd. You must use search strategies that put you head and shoulders above your competition. You must possess knowledge and skill in your area of expertise, and know how to demonstrate that torepparttar 135036 world. You may berepparttar 135037 best candidate for a position, but someone better skilled at interviewing getsrepparttar 135038 offer. Here arerepparttar 135039 strategies you need to use to run a successful job search: 1. Determine your best-suited career You need to sit down and assess your talents, strengths and core competencies, as well as what it is you truly want to do. It may not be enough that you have a skill set in a particular area if you lackrepparttar 135040 desire to move forward in that direction. To be a successful career builder and have a fulfilling career, find your passion and do what you love. If you don’t, no amount of money will satisfy you. 2. Leverage your skills torepparttar 135041 highest possible level You may be a design engineering guru, a top marketing specialist or a graphics design genius, but unless you know how to present your talents -- in your resume and during your interviews -- your expertise will go unnoticed. You must also present your skills torepparttar 135042 right person. A candidate weaker than you will ease you out of an opportunity just because they spoke directly torepparttar 135043 hiring manager while you discussed your candidacy with someone in human resources. It's not alwaysrepparttar 135044 best candidate who receivesrepparttar 135045 offer. 3. Set yourself apart from your competition With up to nine hundred candidates responding to one advertised job opening, it is easy to lose oneself inrepparttar 135046 vast sea of job seekers. You must learn how to differentiate yourself fromrepparttar 135047 crowd. Creating an attention-grabbing resume is a good start. You must also learn how to prepare for and succeed at interviews. Tappingrepparttar 135048 hidden job market and networking are by farrepparttar 135049 most effective strategies for findingrepparttar 135050 right opportunities and getting ahead of your competition. 4. Create an attention-grabbing resume One ofrepparttar 135051 best ways to achieve this is to clearly state your value proposition, your strengths and several uniquely defined differentiators that set you apart from your competition. Add to that a set of well-crafted accomplishments that incorporate three critical factors --repparttar 135052 extraordinary task you fulfilled, how you achieved it, andrepparttar 135053 results -- and you haverepparttar 135054 basis for a winning resume. 5. Write a captivating cover letter Your cover letter is critical to your success. It setsrepparttar 135055 tone. It is read before your resume and includes vital information about you that every potential employer needs. If you don’t have a cover letter, or if you have one that is poorly written, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Knowingrepparttar 135056 crucial elements of a cover letter is imperative to moving your candidacy forward.

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