Networking With Colleagues and Industry Contacts to Have Them Help You Find Open Jobs

Networking with colleagues and industry contacts can be valuable in your job search. Building solid relationships with those in your field can increase your chances of finding open positions and getting hired.

Start by contacting current and former colleagues and industry contacts you have met at conferences or other events. Let them know that you are actively looking for job opportunities and would appreciate any leads or referrals they may have.

Be sure to also use social media platforms like LinkedIn to connect with others in your field. Join industry groups and engage in conversations to build your network and increase your visibility.

When networking, it’s essential to be genuine and build authentic relationships. Don’t just focus on what others can do for you; also offer your skills and expertise to help them in their career endeavors.

Always show gratitude and follow up with those who have helped you, even if their efforts do not lead to a job offer. Networking is an ongoing process, and by building solid relationships, you can create a supportive and helpful community in your field.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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