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The importance of career networking shouldn’t be discounted when you are in the midst of a job search. In today’s economy, the value of networking should be the #1 priority to those in search of a job. In fact, career networking should become a part of your daily work and career-related endeavors, even after you have been employeed. Nothing is certain regarding employment, and having a stable network to fall back on (in times of need) can always help.

Who to Include in Your Career Network 
Your career network should include anyone who can assist you with a job search or career move. It can include past and present co-workers, bosses, friends with similar interests, colleagues from business associations, alumni from your university, or acquaintances you have met via online networking services. There is no rule against utilizing your family’s network for a potential opportunity to connect with someone with hiring power.

What Your Career Network Can Do For You
Over 80% of job seekers say that their network has helped with their job search. Networking contacts can help with more than job leads. The best ways to do so are using traditional and online methods.

Online Career Networking
Online job searching networking does work. Social sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, are very effective, allowing you a chance to portray your personality, interests, likes/dislikes, adding a personal value sence to a prospect employer. A variety of other online networking sites exist that can also be utlilized to broaden your reach. Staying in touch with other at specific companies, with college affiliations or in a certain geographic area are all inportant factors to consider. Be sure to keep a professional presence online, as many employers audit social platforms prior to offering face-to-face interviews.

Keep in Touch – Work Your Network
Don’t just contact those who can help when you have just been laid-off from your job or decide you want to look for a new position. Keep in touch with your network regularly – even if it’s just a brief email to say hello and to ask how they are doing. Emails are effective, but nothing is more effective then a personal phone call or voice mail. In today’s world, it is easy to send a quick text (sms) from our mobile phones. Depending on the individual, their technological-skill set and personality, be sure to consider that many individuals have a tendancy overlook the value of email and sms messages.


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