Networking: An Essential Part of Job Searching

If you are preparing to begin job searching, the better prepared you are, the more likely it will be for you to land the job that you want. One of the most essential parts of job searching is to get off to a good start with networking.

You might like to know what kinds of benefits you can expect from networking. First, it is the most valuable resource available for getting access to the hidden job market. The people with whom you network can lead you to jobs that you did not even realize existed– and one may be the job you have been hoping to acquire. When you network with individuals who are already working in the field of your interest, you will find employment opportunities on many different levels, with the accompanying differences in salaries and potential for advancement.

Networking is also a much better start to job searching than any other approach you may have tried or considered, because it increases your chance of being hired. In many cases, networking with people who work for a particular company or business can give you a very positive edge over attempting to gain employment on your own.

When you have decided that networking is for you, it is time for you to assess the resources that are available. While the more people you know the better it is, is a good generalization, it is also helpful for you to consider the type of work you are seeking. Even though you want to get the word out that you are job searching, and have many opportunities to meet new people as well as those whom you already know, networking does not need to be solely on an individual basis. Depending upon the type of job you are looking for, you can also gain valuable networking experiences and potential job leads through various community organizations and professional organizations in your town or city, by becoming involved with these resources.

Interacting with individuals and groups can help to point you in the direction of the job you want. It can even help you to find jobs that you didn’t know existed. It is also possible that networking can be a valuable tool in getting hired for the job after you have found it. When you think about all of these benefits of networking, and how it can make job searching much easier and more productive, you will know that you have made a great start in your search for a new job.

About the Author: As one of the leading authorities on resume writing and job searching, Michelle Dumas is the founder of Distinctive Career Services LLC. Since 1996, Michelle and her team have empowered thousands of professionals worldwide with results-generating resumes, cover letters, and job search strategies. Michelle is also the author of the popular “Secrets of a Successful Job Search” program at

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