Networking is more than asking people if they know of job openings. There are people out there who have all sorts of information, about specific companies or industries, about free classes you might need, ways to tweak your resume, or technical tips for the job hunting you do on your computer. The problem for many of us is not only finding these people, but then asking for help. Even gregarious people can have problems. For those of us who weigh in on the more introverted side of the scale, this whole process can be downright daunting.
Would you like to meet with other people who have the same problem and get some help from a professional career counselor — for free? Come to the library next Tuesday, November 27th, at 7:00 pm. Tammy Gooler Loeb will be presenting “Do What You Love, Love What You Do,” a program on networking, in the Druker Auditorium. You do not have to preregister. Just come.
Whether you would like additional resources before or after the talk, I have put together a list of books that I hope you will find useful. Clicking on the title will link you to the book in the library’s catalog.
A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market by Katharine Hansen. I actually found out about this book from Tammy.
Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed and the Underconnected by Devora Zack. This has to be my all time favorite title for a networking book. (You can see which side of the scale I weigh in on.)
Find a Job through Social Networking: Use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and More to Advance Your Career by Diane Crompton. Remember, you don’t have to read the entire book. The goal is not to overwhelm you, but to help you understand your options — at your own pace. Sometimes an introductory chapter is enough to start with.
How to Find a Job On LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ by Brad Schepp. This work includes the newest addition to the social networking family, Google+.
I’m On LinkedIn, Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn by Eric Butow. LinkedIn is the most powerful online social networking tool for the job seeker. It is devoted to careers, short range and long range. You will be hearing a lot about it and may want to try it.
140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form by Dom Sagolia. Sometimes bigger is better, but often when you are on a social networking site, shorter is mandatory. Even when it isn’t, shorter entries can get you more attention if done well. (As you can tell, I’m not exactly a 140 character type of person myself.) Mastering the form can take a little extra help and practice. This book will give you a good start.
Never Apply for a Job Again! by Darrell W. Gurney. This is the what online networking can accomplish over time. The longer you use a social network, the more time you have to interact with others and build your reputation. As you do this, you may find people start coming to you. Some of those people may have been following you and decide they would like you to work for them.
Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job by Orville Pierson.
The Networking Survival Guide: Practical Advice to Help You Gain Confidence, Approach People, and Get the Success You Want by Diane Darling. This book emphasizes personal social networking skills rather than online networking. It’s something people lose track of in our computer age.
If any of these books piques your curiosity, just click on the title. That will not only bring you to our online catalog, but also to summaries and often to short reviews of the books.
Good luck with your job search.