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Career Networking - 5 Easy And Free Job Finding Tactics

Aug 17, 2007
Building your capability to move your career along is a huge step forward for anyone in the job search game. Making this happen is not as difficult or as complicated as you might think, because of the hundreds of contacts you already have.

This means networking is much more than the occasional get together over chilled chardonnay and finger food. It becomes a much bigger game and there are job finding tactics to use to get what you want - that job of your dreams!

1. Phone a Friend

You have dozens, maybe hundreds of people you know, from the most recent to years ago. So using this network brings you warm leads who most often will be shouting, just for you too. Make the most of this by giving them a call and renewing old relationships; meet for coffee or lunch; catch a movie together. This easy job finding tactic means that you don't have to waste time doing things you hate to do - like cold call or plead for help at some artificial employment agency. It's in your control to be with people you like and people who are like you.

2. Reel Them In

Getting help is more than a case of asking. Much more. Stephen Covey, in 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" talks about an 'emotional bank account'. You make deposits by doing things that others value - like listening well; being interested in them; being trustworthy and keeping your promises (to name a few!). When you want something from someone you have to make these deposits and often in the circumstances you are in, in very short spaces of time. Listen really well - ask them questions about what's important to them; pay attention; listen much more than you talk; be patient and wait till they ask about you - then ask!

3. Ask For Help

The summit of your job finding tactics is to get people working for you. So you need to let them know that they can help you - they are valuable people you know will support and help you. It's a big emotional shout, is asking for help, especially when you use the words, 'I need your help'. So you can use it to your advantage, without showing that you are desperate. Remember, this comes after you've earned your credits and built the conversation around them, so time it perfectly, when they ask you what's going on in your life!

4. Provide Value For Them

If you want to know how to absolutely ensure that you will get the support from these friends, family and other acquaintances, then you have to do only one thing. You have to recognize ways that you can help them and provide that help. So, OK, that doesn't sound easy maybe, does it? But if you listen well, then you are already offering far much more than anyone else. A listening, objective ear is unusual! People are always trying to fix them; offer advice; tell them how to fix their lives. But not you - in fact you help them solve their own problems by listening and asking great questions that can help them discover their own solutions. That's great value!

5. Keep In Touch

And then the final part of this simple and fun job finding tactic is to find a way to get the best - yes, even more - from who you already know (remember the hundreds, maybe thousands of people in your 'army' of supporters?). Keep in touch from time to time. If you've had to rebuild relationships that have withered away, then make sure that you don't let that happen in the future - keep in touch occasionally and make the bridge more solid. Provide a resource for them as they will for you, into the future for the success of you all.

Networking savvy is just one great, free job finding tactic that you can use. It's easy, it requires no tricky meetings with people you don't know, who only want to take from you. Of all the job finding tactics, this is the one you need and you can start tomorrow!
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(c) 2007 "How To Land Your Dream Job". You can have the job of your dreams. It takes application, attention and the information you need to get you there, young or old. There's all you need at Martin Haworth's website, http://www.HowToLandYourDreamJob.com
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