How To Find A Good Job. Learn How To Network.

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by Bill Borden
Founder of ArizonaCircle.Com

First you need to define exactly what kind of a job you're looking for. Since time is limited and you want to find a job fast, you need to be selective about the networking events you will attend.

Make a list of companies you'd be interested in working for. Once you've narrowed down your list, find out as much about these companies as possible. Visit their websites. Use news feeds such as google and yahoo to keep up to date with what's happening these companies. Do they have events you can attend?

As you research these companies, think about how these companies get their business. How do they market their products or services? Do they have outside sales people? Who are their vendors? Think about any organizations they might belong to. Have you ever met anyone who works for these companies? Do you know anyone who works for these companies now? Are any of these companies involved in the community? What organizations do they belong to? In other words where are you most likely to meet CEO's and employees of the companies your'e interested in working for?

Once you know where the decision makers or people in the company hang out or who their friends are, you can look for ways to become involved in that same community of friends and associates. Is there anything you can do to meet these people? Can you volunteer your time to help at some charity event they're involved in? Is there a social club or business association you could join where you can meet the people you want to meet?

Yes you can just attend and just meet people, but a more effective plan is to actually become involved somehow even if it's in a small way. Volunteering is a great way to stand out from other people who simply attend.

Once you develop friendships and rapport with people who know people in your chosen field, you'll be in a much better position to find the job you're looking for. Competition? Well for you there won't be much, especially if you take an active role in supporting the organizations that are closely related to the companies you want to work for. You have FRIENDS! As the old saying goes, 'It's not what you know, it's who you know that matters'

If you already have a good job, you might be afraid that your current employer will find out that you're looking. In this case you can still network but you'll need to be more discreet about it. No one needs to know you're looking for a new job. Simply attend events, volunteer, and build friendships. As you do this, CEO's will notice. They might offer you a job and ask you to leave your current employer. Or you might talk with your new friends on a confidential basis about job opportunities. Or when a company advertises new jobs online, you can express your interest by contacting people you already know and discussing the possibility of working for them. This puts you ahead of the hundreds of people who submit applications online. You know people who work for the company. They do not. This increases your chances of landing a good job dramatically.

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