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Emergency Kit – phase 2

One common theme in all four of the Emergency Kit workshops was the importance these days¬† of networking. Something I heard many many times was, “over 80% of jobs are obtained through networking.”¬† With the introduction of the internet to the job game, and the current unemployment rate, companies receive thousands of applications for each job opening. Which means having a good resume is only the first step. The real challenge is figuring out how to make sure your resume will be one of the ones seen.

What’s the best way to make yours stand out from the crowd? Know someone on the inside who can pull it out of the stack.

Here’s some of the highlights from my notes on networking:

  • Networking is all about building relationships – not just adding people to your contact list. Keep in touch with your contacts.
  • Job Fairs are an excellent place to get new contacts. Collect business cards and call the hiring managers later. Following up, again, is very important. Write on the back of the card when & where you met them (so you don’t feel like a doofus later for forgetting).
  • Get yourself some business cards, too. All three of our instructors pitched Vista.com as an excellent place to get a starting batch. It doesn’t matter if you have a business. You just need a title or desired title, your name, e-mail address, and phone number. Consider your LinkedIn profile as well.

So where do you go to network? Here’s some of the organizations and websites we were pointed to:

  • Meetup.com A website where social gatherings on just about any topic are posted. Try doing a search for ‘jobhunters’, or narrow the search to something more specific to your field…
  • Workit.com Where meetup is general, this site focuses on business events and resources.
  • Csix.org This is an organization specifically dedicated to using networking to help you and me have more success in our job search.
  • Cavalry Church is host to weekly Tuesday night meetings for a group focused on supporting one another in the job search via tips and networking.
  • Career Actions Ministry is host to bi-monthly meetings where talks are given on various job-seeker topics, and is also an excellent place to network.
  • Of course, this list would not be complete if I failed to mention LinkedIn. It’s an excellent way to stay in touch with your contacts after you’ve made them, and possibly to find new contacts through your existing ones.

Cavalry Church and Career Actions Ministry are local to me, but the rest of these could be used by anyone, anywhere! If anyone is reading this who isn’t already connected to me on LinkedIn, feel free to drop me an invite and a note.

That’s it for networking at the moment, but there’s still a lot of information to share from the Emergency Kit workshops. Next I’m going to delve into the need to be specific in your job search…

{ 2 } Comments

  1. deMea Warren | February 23, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    nice lady hire her!

  2. deMea Warren | February 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    good shit!

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