An amazing 60 percent of jobs are found through networking. While that’s an encouraging statistic, if you’re new to networking or you haven’t found it fruitful, it can be time-consuming and daunting.
Brazen Life has a great guide on navigating the personal network you didn’t know you had. Spending time on the computer sending out applications is one way to find work; it’s just one tool in your career toolbox. Is there a social hobby you never had the chance to do because of work? Now is your chance to make those hobbies a part of your job search. How? By getting out, not only are you enjoying yourself, but you’re increasing the size of your network. This may lead you to your next job, without realizing it.
Don’t forget to think of your current network when searching. A simple “Anyone heard of any job openings around?” status message on Facebook may yield some leads. And don’t forget to clean up your social media profiles!
Here are some books @ Brentwood that could help you:
The Networking Survival Guide – Diane C. Darling
Get Connected: The Social Networking Toolkit for business – Starr Hall, Chad Rosenberg
Never Eat Alone: and other secrets to success, one relationship at a time – Keith Ferrazi with Tahl Raz