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How to be Awesome at Job Hunting Part 2: Networking

edited April 2013 in 300 Hours
imageHow to be Awesome at Job Hunting Part 2: Networking

Posted by Zee What's the most effective but under-utilized skill in job hunting? In Part 1 of our series in becoming awesome at job hunting , we covered the key base skill - CV writing. However, in...

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  • Lovely articly or should i say an eye open, Networking was always a limiting factor of mine,tips mentioned here r practical and easy to implement! special acknowledgement for the following line
    "Network? But I don't know anyone!
    Thanx guys!

    Guys i would appreciate more if u could come up with an article relating " how to attain promotion in the company you are currently working" especially what strategies should be there in appraisals.
  • ZeeZee Charterholder London - UKPosts: 1,550 Sr Partner
    Oooh, promotions! That's a great idea @mcricky. Thanks for the suggestion!
  • @Zee :-bd I like the part about 6 degrees of seperation. Also, the part about maintaining the network.

    I'm usually not good at maintaining the network unless its a work colleague whom I meet regularly. Also, I tend to drop off if people don't respond to emails or calls. As in I don't really actively pursue their help if they haven't been responding to a few initial calls or emails.

    Networking is one of those things in my opinion, the more you do the better you get. I remember an incident couple of years back when I managed to network with a total stranger with whom I shared a cab to work. We got talking about work and stuff and by the end of it he agreed to help me out with my application in his firm. He knew someone directly in HR and I ended up getting his cell no and email id, all in a span of 5-10 mins.

    I guess it was one of those things, like asking for sex on the first date, only thing it worked :P I don't know how I did it, but I guess as we got conversing, I just got in the flow and ended up discussing my pursuit of a new job. Although I didn't get the job, but I did end up landing an interview :)
  • ZeeZee Charterholder London - UKPosts: 1,550 Sr Partner
    edited April 2013
    @AJFinance Asking for sex on a first date is similar to asking for a job on the first meet - it often doesn't work! A lot of people try though - asking for a job, not sex, I mean. :)

    Networking is just one of those things that people should be doing, but don't do as often because it's not always highlighted as a skill to be honed and learnt.
  • edited April 2013
    I think networking is infuriating and not taught for the same reason how to job hunt is ignored. It is purely a soft skill and binary. You can't really gauge your progress.

    That being said some people are able to extract a person's whole life story within a 15 minute meeting so asking for contact info/job on the first meeting is natural and people give it to them. Maybe @AjFinance you are oozing charisma! B-)
  • christinechristine On the movePosts: 632 Sr Portfolio Manager
    Although a pain in the ass to learn, it is one of those things you'll definitely need for your career...
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