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10 Ways to Network Your Way to a New Job

networking, Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is a city based on relationships.

Getting a job can be a major challenge, especially if it is your first job or you’re over 50.

Think of the job market in your area and how many people will be applying for a job listed on an online job board or local newspaper. All applicants are your competitors for the prized job. How will you give yourself the best chance of success in finding a job? How do you stand out from the crowd? How can you get the inside running?

EVERY person you know could become your sponsor, supporter, and a referrer for the opportunity you want. Consider the following to help you network your way to a new job:

1. Consult With Recruitment Agencies

Meet and discuss opportunities for employment. Agents can directly market you to their contacts. Also some jobs are not advertised and you can connect directly into this market via the recruiter who will look for suitable candidates to present to their customers.

2. Use LinkedIn

Get your profile out to the market place. Connect with your friends and contacts and ask to be recommended, endorsed and introduced to new potential contacts. Take out a subscription for the Job Seeker package and become a featured applicant and send InMails to the recruiter.

3. Utilize School/Employment Careers Officers, Friends, Family, and Acquaintances

All of these people can also be another good source of information, as you have many people who can spot jobs for you and recommend you to their networks as well.

4. Do Tertiary Training

Training that is tailored to your intended career path and will meet your potential employer’s needs will put you a step ahead of other applicants. Many large companies line up at the universities/training colleges and hire graduates.


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This entry was posted on October 23, 2013 by in Career and tagged , , , .
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