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Networking

NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK

Networking is a common synonym for developing and maintaining contacts and personal connections with a variety of people who might be helpful to you and your career.

You can’t start soon enough or do too much networking. You’re planning your future, after all, so take charge! Begin by listing all the people to whom you can talk to. Not only those who may have the job you want. Anyone and everyone can spread the word that you are or will be searching for a new position. Whether it’s passing along your resume, providing a referral or simply keeping you in mind should an opportunity arise to mention your name, there’s something for everyone to do! As soon as you know you’ll be looking, draft your list. Begin with the names of friends and family. To that, add current work contacts, previous employers, co-workers, fellow alumni, and so on. Always carry index cards for jotting down names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of those who are willing to offer assistance-you never know whom you’ll meet so be prepared. Print up “business cards” to distribute at opportune moments; these should provide your name, e-mail address, address, and phone number(s) along with a very brief description of the type of position you seek. Seize every opportunity to network-including holidays, conventions, weddings, and reunions when you’re likely to encounter people you don’t see regularly.