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Top Job Finding Tactics

Mar 26, 2008
Networking is more than special gatherings over chilled chardonnay and finger food. It means growing your list of contacts, asking for help, and staying in touch. Over 50% of all job offers are secured through networking.

Make A Few Phone Calls to Your Friends

Most people have at least a dozen of people who know them pretty well, all ranging from people from the past to the new acquaintances. You should make use of all of your contacts when you're looking for a job.

Take advantage of this situation by simply making a few phone calls and refreshing old ties. You could go out for coffee or grab a bite at lunch or dinner with your old pals. Or better yet, you and your pals could relive your college days and go to see a movie. This kind of simple job finding tactic means that you don't have to waste your precious time and energy in doing tasks that you seriously detest, even when it comes to your job search.

Get On a Roll and Roll People In

Trying to get some help means more than simply asking. It is quite a bit more; it is something like a "sentimental account in a bank". It is like you making your deposits by carrying out the duties and responsibilities that other people value. It involves your acting as a good listener and showing a lot of interest, resulting in people depending on you because you keep your word.

At the time, whenever you need anything from someone, you need to make your deposits in a very short time span. Pay close attention to what they have to say, do not hesitate to ask about what is essential and listen carefully. Lend your ears instead of talking continuously.

Be as patient as you can and wait until they ask questions about you; then you can go ahead and make your request.

Ask For Help

The high point of looking for a job and employing job-finding tactics is in making people look for you. You must first make them aware that they could be of assistance to you and also make them feel that they are extremely valuable people. Then let them know what you are looking for (especially if they are working in your industry). Ask them to send you articles of interest, job descriptions, etc, in your field. If they agree to do this, assure them that you will return the favor when they are in need.

Finding a job doesn't have to be rocket science. By using the 3 tactics described above, you could land a great job in no time!
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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