The problem of networking has been on my mind for awhile. Networking is supposed to be the most successful tool in an individual’s search for a job. It leads to a job offer more often then any other method. If you want to network online, there is no problem finding information on social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. But what about the “old fashioned” way, face-to-face? I’ve been looking for a good article to share with you for awhile without much success. As so often happens, I found it when I was looking for something else.
About.com is a search engine that has developed subject specialists, people who write exclusively on specific topics. I’ve been aware of Kimberly Powell for awhile now. She does a great job with her articles on genealogy. I’ve just discovered Alison Doyle and her Job Searching articles while looking for statistical information. Her article on “Successful Job Search Networking” is just what I have been looking for. It is a short, but packed piece and it is all about meeting and talking to people. She only touches on email at the end and does not mention online social networking here. She deals with LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter in a number of other articles. If you want to learn more about networking in person, click here, on the article title, or on the About.com logo above.
Once you have looked at this, it would be a good use of your time to explore Ms. Doyle’s Job Searching site for other ideas.