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Job Seekers Understand Networking to Find Work - Is Work

Job Seekers Understand Networking to Find Work - Is Work | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Smart jobseekers attend networking events consisting of jobseekers, business owners, professional associations, meet-ups, etc."

 

"However, networking events are not smart jobseekers’ only, or even major, source of networking."

 

"They also utilize their rich network of former colleagues, friends, relatives, neighbors, acquaintances, and others; or start the building process…and keep it going once they’ve landed a job."

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As a friend at work said to me one day, you can either be the luckiest person alive, or you can be in the right place at the right time.

 

Making connections and paying it forward is part of being in the right place. In terms of timing, one never knows who can introduce you to someone inside one of your chosen companies to pursue for a job.

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5 Ways Job Seekers Connect Better During Events

5 Ways Job Seekers Connect Better During Events | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"On a recent evening, I found myself stumbling into a sea of professionals at my first-ever networking event. After engaging in long conversations and answering the same questions over and over, it came time to part ways with new friends."

 

"I found myself digging into my purse, pulling out socks, half a burrito and receipts from the dry cleaner before I was able to locate one of my business cards."

 

"In a crowd of people, you want to be memorable, and you want to do so for the right reasons — not as the girl with a purse full of lucky charms. Here are five tips to help make that happen:"

 

http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/career/5-ways-to-stand-out-at-your-next-networking-event

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10 Networking Tips for Job Seekers to be Successfull

10 Networking Tips for Job Seekers to be Successfull | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Are you going to a networking event to sell, when everyone is there to do exactly the same thing? Here are 10 tips, guaranteed will be remembered"

 

 

"What a pointless exercise: going to a networking event to sell your brand, business or latest idea, when everyone is there to do exactly the same thing."

 

 

"There is nothing more frustrating than coming home with 28 business cards in your pocket, and not knowing anything about the person behind the business."

 

"So here are my top 10 tips for good networking practice, and are guaranteed to get you noticed and remembered."

http://www.thesmarttrain.com/blog/2012/10/02/networking-tips/

 

Remember, your brand is who you are naturally. While networking, be yourself and find those around you who you would enjoy working with. It may not be the person you are talking to, however, the odds are high if you enjoy the person in front of you, their personal network/peers at work will be similiar.


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Job Seekers: How to Create Visibility for Your Brand

Job Seekers: How to Create Visibility for Your Brand | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"It’s all about who you know,” I’d often hear people say to me while I was going to college. More seasoned professionals had constantly told me that in order to leverage my position into the working world, it was best if I knew someone."

 

"I figured that knowing someone wasn’t as important as getting the education and experience to prove that I was competent enough to do a job. However, I soon found out that the advice of getting to know people was important for my career."

 

"Getting knowledge and experience was great but if you didn’t know someone to display that to, then your career hunt could be a bust. Sometimes people underestimate the importance of networking (I was one of them at one point). As I network more and more, I really do see that there are some fantastic benefits to it. - Ashley Lauren Perez"

 

The article covers how networking can help you accelerate finding a job and growing your career. Both from an external point of view as you grow your capabilities and skill sets as well as internally with a company.

 

Your brand is a combination of all of these areas, however, if you can't get people "talking" about you, your brand is lost in the noise of virtual land. Use your network to expose and spread your brand which you are working so hard to create.

 

Read the full article for insights into the ways networking can help the job hunt and your career from both an external as well as an internal point of view.

http://ashleylaurenperez.com/2012/08/15/how-will-your-career-benefit-from-business-networking/


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The Changing Face of Networking for a Job

The Changing Face of Networking for a Job | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

It used to be all about who you know.

Now, it's just as much about who knows you.

You can be referred by others, found online or simply be known by reputation or profile in your niche, through growing your networks.

Networking has come a long way from the established ways of the “old boys” networks, which were mostly locale specific, face-to-face, long term relationships.

The modern face of networking is still face-to-face but also virtual (with pictures often used as a substitute), connected to things of like interest, global not necessarily local and quickly developed through common groups or via active referral.

These days there is much more diversity apparent in people’s networks, as a result.

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5 Tips to Grow Your LinkedIn Network

5 Tips to Grow Your LinkedIn Network | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Job Seekers tap into LinkedIn’s 150 million–member worldwide network.

Yet it’s important to focus on the right kinds of activities that will yield the best results.

 

This article identifies five key strategies and activities you can focus on to build and grow your network.

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Volunteer Efforts May Help Job Search Networking

Volunteer Efforts May Help Job Search Networking | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

For those who are having difficulty finding a job or an employer who hires your skills, becoming a volunteer could quickly expand your opportunities.

 

We are all aware that networking offers the best chance of finding employment. As you volunteer, you expand and focus your networking, improving your chances of finding that elusive employer that requires your skills and will hire you.

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How to Get a Job: An Online Bootcamp

How to Get a Job: An Online Bootcamp | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

In today’s job market, you need to learn fast how to get the job you want and get it before someone else does.

On line course appears to have great value for delivered skills and capabilities at $79.

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Worst Face-to-Face Networking Mistake

Worst Face-to-Face Networking Mistake | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it
I was at a large networking event recently and it made me realize something about face-to-face networking advice I fear lots of people misinterpret.
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Job Seekers Get Back to Basics: 7 Tips for Networking in Person

Job Seekers Get Back to Basics: 7 Tips for Networking in Person | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Technology helps make it easy and convenient to communicate with many people quickly and hassle free. However, professionals need to remember that it’s important to take time to get back to the basics and still network in person."

 

"Whether you are unemployed and looking for a job or employed and looking just to network for business referrals, it would be in your best interest to meet with others in person for additional networking opportunities."

 

The 7 tips covered in the post are to be prepared, dress appropriately, don't over do it or be shy, use active listening, work the room and follow-up.

http://whatsforwork.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/back-to-the-basics-7-tips-for-networking-in-person/

 

As Ashley points out, remember the 80/20 rule of thumb around active listening. Hands down in surveys, people want to talk with those who are good at active listening.

 

Networking while job seeking is not about how much you can talk, it is more about how much you can learn about the other people you meet.


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5 Rules of Professional Networking for Job Seekers

5 Rules of Professional Networking for Job Seekers | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"We all know that networking is an essential part of developing your career, but few do it right. I see a lot of job seekers who have been unemployed for months because they didn’t work on their network when they had a job."

 

"I also see a lot of people at networking events who either aren’t able to initiate an introduction or are passing out business cards instead of forging relationships. The truth is that people lead to jobs and promotions, not resumes. - Dan Schawbel"

 

"Of course, you have to be able to do the job and do it well, but there’s always going to be someone at the other side of the table that has to know, like and trust you."

 

Read the article for ideas around Dan's 5 rules of networking. How to help others first, keeping in touch, being a connector, the right people to connect with and why it is important to listen first.

http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2012/11/13/5-rules-of-professional-networking/

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Job Seekers: 5 Things You Want Others to Know While Connecting

Job Seekers: 5 Things You Want Others to Know While Connecting | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Let's strike the word networking and consider "connecting with people you want to know" as the objective. Yes, it is called networking, however, the real task at hand is to connect with others and find your dream job.

 

The article explains the "what and why" behind the 5 things you want others to know about you. Yet the age old question comes forth, "how"?

 

Consider this, if it is all about you, others will surely turn off listening to you. Yet we all like to listen to a decent story. Having a few stories to tell about yourself and your dream job makes listening enjoyable. The lead to the article is worth repeating here, because most of us, including me, "hate" walking into a room full of strangers and striking up a conversation.

 

"Networking is one of the fastest ways to find new opportunities for your career, but it’s also one of the most daunting. Walking into a room full of people you don’t know, attempting to eat stale crackers without spraying crumbs on the intimidating professional you’re talking to, all the while trying to think of a clever way to ask for a job — is it any wonder that networking is often passed over for less interactive forms of job searching?"

 

Read the full article for the 5 things you need to make sure are inside the personal stories of your dream job. And a small piece of advice, practice telling your stories, nobody is a great speaker when we "wing-it".

http://www.careerbuilder.ca/blog/2012/09/13/networking-5-things-you-want-the-other-person-to-know-about-you/

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Job Hunting: Utilizing Your Non-Existent Network To Get The Interview

Job Hunting: Utilizing Your Non-Existent Network To Get The Interview | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Every job posting has a requirements section glaring back at you, telling you that you aren’t good enough. It’s easy for a young professional to get intimidated by a job posting that requires 4-5 years of experience in a specific field and an MBA in a related field.

The question then becomes: “How do I get an interview for a job that I’m under qualified for?”

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Take Your Job Networking Online to Leverage Your Job Search

Take Your Job Networking Online to Leverage Your Job Search | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

There are two great benefits of using LinkedIn for recent grads, along with other job seekers.

The first big positive is that one can continually be informed of changes in a company or industry, almost up to the minute.

The other wonderful reason is the ability one has to market oneself on one’s LinkedIn profile and personalized website with a professional resume and picture.

It is a great way to get your name out there, along with your professional information, skills, etc. which will enable you to join groups, as well as forums with like-minded employers and colleagues.

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How to Get a Job by Leveraging Your Alumni Network

How to Get a Job by Leveraging Your Alumni Network | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Everyone knows your alma mater's alumni network can help you find a job. But just how, exactly, does that work?

What if you’ve lost touch with the alumni you once knew, or they all ended up working in fields other than your own?

Is beginning the process while you’re still in school jumping the gun? Is it too late when you’ve been laid off?

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Job Seekers Networking Tips

Job Seekers Networking Tips | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

“Networking is not about ‘schmoozing,’ or selling someone on the idea of hiring you.

 

Rather, it’s about purposefully and gracefully asking peers for help, advice, input and contacts – and offering real value in return." says Myers.

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Social Networking And Job Search

Modern day job hunting has changed and long gone are the days when people poured over the 'Help Wanted' section in their local newspaper. Today there are many new ways to research a company and contact potential ...
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