Your network of friends, relatives, colleagues, and acquaintances is a valuable job search resource. Networking may sound intimidating, but it can be rewarding and fun, even if you're shy or feel like you don't know many people, these networking tips can help.
What Is Networking?
The vast majority of job openings are never advertised; they're filled by word of mouth. That's why networking is the best way to find a job.
You already know how to network...
Whether you realize it or not, you're already networking every day and everywhere you go. You are networking when you strike up a conversation with the person next to you in line, introduce yourself to other parents at your child's school, meet a friend of a friend, catch up with a former co-worker, or stop to chat with your neighbor. Everyone you meet can help you move your job search forward.
You Know More People Than You Think
There's a very good chance that you know someone, or someone you know knows someone, who can give you career advice or point you to a job opening. You'll never know if you don't ask!
Reach Out to Your Network
Start making contact with the people in your network and let them know that you're looking for a job. Be specific about what kind of work you're looking for and ask them if they have any information or know anyone in a relevant field.