Job Hunting – Networking Tips

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Career expert Brian Alden addresses key tips on networking. When looking for a new job, you should first tap in to your list of contacts to let them know you’re searching and to learn about new, unadvertised job opportunities.

    Hi! I am Brian Alden. I am the founder and CEO of http://job.

    com/. And today, we are talking about what it takes to get a better job in a down economy as well as how to get a better job in any economy. And right now, I would like to discuss a little bit about networking tips. Well, there are a couple of different ways to network when you are looking for a job. There are both online resources to network and of line resources to network. On an online resource template, you want to use some of the social networks and some of the professional networks like LinkedIn. You also want to go to any of your professional societies and look at their online web pages and may look at some of the discussions that people are having and join in those, so you get to beat more people within your industry.

    From an of line standpoint, you want to look at alumni associations, you want to talk to all of your friends and family and let them know that you are available and that you are currently looking. Another thing you really should do is go to all those old business cards that you have in your desk from trade shows or people that you have met and flip through those and find if anybody there might know of a position or might be in a comparable industry that would know positions that company is having or that it is hiring. The biggest thing that you can do from a networking standpoint is, reach out. The more people that know you are available, the better off you are in finding a new job.

    There are several types of other professions that a person can find and utilize to assist for their job search. Now, most of the executive recruiters of headhunters, these people are hired by companies to find them employees. So those are--if you have headhunters in your personal network or your professional network, you surely want to reach out to them and let them know that you are available. Additionally there are ways called Courier Marketing Firms. These are companies that charge the job seeker a fee to rewrite the resume and to then create a marketing campaign for that job seeker. This is typically something you are only going to use if you are at an executive level, approximately making over 75,000, 60,000, 100,000 in that range.

    Lastly, the resume distribution services are something that the internet has done a really great job with, where you would give your resume to a company that then matches you with executive recruiters and headhunters, who are looking to hire people just like you.