BEST PLACE TO START JOB NETWORKING
You know that networking is the best way to find a new job. So where do you start?
The best place to begin is with your “warm contacts”. A warm contact is a person with whom you have some personal connection and is willing to help you in your search. They can help by offering information about current job openings, business opportunities, and introductions to influencers or people at their company. They just might have some great tips on looking for a job. Begin your job networking by building a list of warm contacts who might be willing to help.
Family and friends should always be first on your list of warm contacts. They are always willing to help or to give advice. This group may be able to give you information on job openings at their employers. Ask if they would walk your resume into the hiring manager you’d likely report to in their company. Family and friends are also more willing to refer you to others and they in turn will be more willing to help you. You get to borrow some of their credibility and trust in these kinds of networking introductions. Their referrals will take your calls and respond to your emails more readily than other types of job networking referrals. Be careful not to take advantage for their goodwill. Simply ask for their help to connect you to others.