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1 What Well Cover In person meetings. Using online social networks. Tasks!

2 Why People do business primarily with people they know and like. Job listings tend to draw piles of applicants. The job you want may not be advertised at all.

3 Task #1: Make a List Make a list of people in your network likely to want to help you. Family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, colleagues, and even casual acquaintances. People you know from former jobs, high school and college, church, your childs school, the gym, or your neighborhood.

4 Why Others Will Help You It feels good to help others. People like to give advice and be recognized for their expertise. Almost everyone knows what its like to be out of work or looking for a job. Theyll sympathize with your situation.

5 Additional Benefits Unemployment can be isolating and stressful. By connecting with others, youre sure to get some much needed encouragement, fellowship, and moral support. Reconnecting with the people in your network should be funeven if you have an agenda. The more this feels like a chore the more tedious and anxiety-ridden the process will be.

6 Task #2: Know What You Want Be specific about what kind of job you want. Be specific about what you want from each person you contact: – leads, – advice, and/or – information about a particular company.

7 Focus on Building Relationships Be authentic. In any job search or networking situation, being youthe real youshould be your goal. Be considerate. If reconnecting with an old friend or colleague, take the time to catching- up before you blurt out your need. On the other hand, if this person is busy, be respectful of his or her time. Ask for advice, not a job. Dont ask for a job, a request comes with a lot of pressure. You want your contacts to become allies in your job search, not make them feel ambushed, so ask for information or insight instead.

8 Task #3: Set as many appointments as is reasonable for your schedule.

9 Task #4: Follow Up Send an or call each person you meet with. Thank each person for their support. If s/he provided a specific help, comment on how much you appreciate it.

10 Task #5 Follow Up Again When you are successful with your job search, be sure to tell everyone you contacted and thank them again.

11 Task #6: Rate Your Network Give yourself 1 point for each question you answer yes. Do you trust your network to give you the truth about the real you? Does your network challenge you as much as it supports you? Does your network feel vibrant and dynamic? Does your network represent your future goals as much as your past?

12 Task #7: Expand Your Network Volunteer. Join or start an affinity group (book club, knitting club, gaming group). Participate in work projects that include partner organizations. Use Twitter

13 Twitter to Expand Network Follow users who have similar interests. Talk TO others, not AT others. Use at events.

14 Task #8: Update LinkedIn Be sure your profile is 100% complete. Connect to everyone you know whom you respect. Dont forget the new contacts youve been meeting while expanding your network!

15 Task #9: Use Social Networks On Facebook, Twitter and other networks, post: Events you are attending. – Such as this webinar! Job search related articles you are reading. Your non-job search activities!

16 Be Helpful to Others Via and social networks – send articles that might be of interest. – Recommend people they might want to know. Write LinkedIn Recommendations.

17 Sources This curriculum was partially adapted from Job Networking Tips: How To Find A Job By Building Relationships created by HelpGuide.org.Job Networking Tips: How To Find A Job By Building Relationships Additional content created by Connect Your Community, a project of OneCommunity, funded by the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.Connect Your Community OneCommunity Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

18 Creative Commons License This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit


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