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Networking For Job Search Success

By: Dave Lashier

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Dave LaShier is a seasoned business professional, HR Executive and business owner. Need a job? Not sure what the next step should be? Visit our job search information website and receive free information about methods and strategies to find a new job FAST! Visit: http://www.get-employed.org  or click this on this link: GET EMPLOYED

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If you are currently on a job search one of the most useful methods to find new job opportunities is to tap into your network of friends and previous professional relationships. Some people call this “networking”: tapping into the hidden job market. Aside from going through normal channels of finding new career opportunities, such as looking to the Sunday paper classifieds, jobs section, or searching monster.com, using your network of professional contacts will enable you to see job opportunities that may not be available today but will be available in the very near future. For example, say you are looking for an accounting position and you have become aware of an opportunity that has not been published or actively recruited for at this point.  What the hold up is for this position is funding, as it has not become available as of yet, thus there’s an active interest by the employer at some point in the near future to fill this position. With you being made aware of this opportunity gives you a chance, before any other potential applicant, to submit your letter of interest, and to promote your availability and interest in learning more about this opportunity.

 

So the question is, who would you include in your network of professional contacts? Who would these people be? …and how can they really help you in securing a new career opportunity?  So let’s take a quick look at a list of good sources of contacts that you can tap into to discover potential career opportunities that have yet to be advertised anywhere else.

 

Friends and Relatives

 

This goes without question. Relatives can be your wife, your brother, your parents, or your second cousin twice removed – it can be anybody. Anyone who has any insight into the job market as it relates to your current job search. For example, this can be a friend or relative who works at the local dairy, and at this dairy there is an accounting position that will be available in three months. This translates to you being made aware of the future job opportunity well in advance of any other applicants. By getting your resume to your friend, or relative, and having them pass it on to the hiring manager before any other applicant is most beneficial.  Then having you follow-up with a quick phone call saying: Hi Mr. Hiring Manager, my name is….And I am very interested in learning more about this potential opportunity… This certainly gives you a leg up over any other perspective applicant.

 

Vendors and Previous Coworkers

 

These folks will more than likely be your best source for any potential job opportunities that have yet to be advertised anywhere else. Coworkers and vendors have the inside track when it comes to dealing with the businesses that they have professional relationships with. Using our example of the accountant looking for work it would not be unusual for a vendor to be aware of an opening for an accountant at a particular business due to their normal business dealings with that prospective employer. Same with current or previous coworkers as they will be very much aware of any potential openings yet to be advertised.

 

Informational Interviews

 

One of my favorite approaches to networking for a successful job search is performing informational interviews with people within your field who may (or may not) be seeking to fill open positions within their organization. The purpose of these informational interviews is to develop a new relationship with someone who works within your industry and with whom you have no prior professional or personal relationship, established. This person will become someone who hopefully, down the road, will be able to pass your information on to someone who may be looking to fill a position that you may be qualified for; or they may be aware of a position in another firm that you may be able to submit your resume to. They may also be someone who could pass on additional information in regards to the industry you’re working within that may be helpful in your job search. It is very important that once you perform an informational interview that you consistently, appropriately and politely follow-up with these people to ensure that they remember who you are.  Most importantly, you must show appreciation for the time they took in sitting down with you to discuss your perspective job search by sending a thank you note or any token of your appreciation.

 

Job Fairs

 

Many people attend job fairs in hopes of finding a new position that will fulfill their current career needs. If memory serves me correctly the last job fair I attended had well over 5000 people in attendance. Many of the perspective employers who had booths set up for these fairs had few positions to offer but more than enough interested applicants. The job fair really is best suited for the individual who desires to create relationships with the HR representatives from each of the companies who have booths set up at these fairs. Once you attend a job fair it is important to make sure that you have the business card of the representative of the company so you contact them for future career opportunities listed at their firm. Now you have a name, phone number and e-mail address so you can keep in constant contact with them in the event that a position that fits your skill sets becomes available at that particular firm.

 

LinkedIn

 

Over the past 5 to 8 years, social networking has become a very critical component of any professional’s job search strategy. By joining websites like LinkedIn you gain access to thousands, no, tens of thousands, of professionals in your designated career specialty. You have an opportunity to network and inform all these individuals across the entire United States of your interest in securing a new position. Likewise, you are in a unique opportunity to lend assistance to someone else seeking employment information as they contact you for any opportunities that you may be aware. Whether it be LinkedIn or FaceBook or twitter, all these social networking sites give you an advantage that was not available to the average person 10 years ago. While I do not put a lot of stock in the social networking sites for an active job search campaign, I definitely think it is well worth your time to investigate each of the sites and determine if they are best suited for your individual job search situation.

 

Networking in itself is only the start. In the nutshell, networking is an opportunity to create and leverage relationships so that over time will prove fruitful and beneficial to your job search efforts.

 

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There are a huge number of reasons why parents choose to home school their kids. For many parent, it is because they want to be able to add religious content to their children’s learning experience. For others, they see the decline in the public education system today and want to choose something that is better for their kids.

According to a recent an August 2006 ABC 20/20 special, many kids today are not being taught even the needed fundamentals for them to graduate. For example, one student was interviewed who was in high school but was only able to read properly at a fourth grade level. Another student interviewed mentioned that cheating was actually encouraged by his teacher – goodness!.

Although the public education system is not as good as it should be and expected today, the decision to homeschooling as an alternative is one that should not be taken too lightly. When choosing to home school your kids, you must first consider these 7 things:

1. Time commitment

Homeschooling has a tendency to take up a lot of time of the parent. The process involves more than just sitting down with books for a couple of hours. There are experiments and projects that have to be done, lessons to prepare, papers to grade, field trips, park days, music lessons, and the list just keeps on going and going. Fortunately, you can go online and search for some homeschool sample schedules that will help to give you an idea of a typical day.

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The homeschooling parent sacrifice much and has very little personal time or time alone and away from their children. If a lot of care is not taken to set aside time for yourself, it is easy for the parent to feel overwhelmed and stress. It is not unusual for the parent and child to be together 24 hours a day, which can eventually lead to frustration on both sides.

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Though homeschooling can be accomplished with very little cost to you; however, it usually requires that the teaching parent not work, either out of the home or not. Some sacrifices will need to be made if the family is used to depend on two incomes. Of course, if you are a single parent, this could be an even bigger problem.

4. Time for socialization

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6. Both parents must agree to it

It is important that both parents agree to the idea of homeschooling. It is very difficult for this to work if one of the parents is against it right from the start. If your spouse is against it at this time, try doing more research and talking to more people so that you can be absolutely certain it is something that both of you can agree upon and pursue. Otherwise, the chances for success are very much smaller.

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