Another good article appeared in my email in-box today.
How do I find these great articles? I have a LinkedIn profile and I have joined some groups. This particular article posted by a NACE group member (National Association of Colleges and Employers) and was written for US News. The link to the article appeared in my in-box late yesterday. You can sign up for groups that pertain to your industry (LinkedIn helps you be aware of these groups based on words you use in the profile you have created for yourself).
The author of this article, Hannah Morgan knows what she is talking about. Her words support what Chris Czarnik, the Czar of Job Search had to tell us this last spring when he came to Western Technical College to talk about how to do an effective job search. Mr. Czarnik also wrote the book, “The Human Search Engine,” which is in it’s second printing. Both of these sources support what research has proven; that the number one way to find employment is networking. The issue with that fact is that networking isn’t easy! Networking takes time and energy and one must put forth some effort to meet new people. It is important to track who you have talked with and what you learned so that you can see what other efforts you need to make in learning about a specific company.
With each contact that you make, you are going to want to ask, “Who should I talk to next?” Always, always find that next person who can give you more information about the company or the industry you are interested in. I recommend that you chart out your efforts in a notebook. You can use a tree method such as the one in the picture above. When you choose this method, you will remember who introduced someone to you and how every one is connected.
Networking can take any number of forms. We here in Career Services have begun to support and teach students how to use LinkedIn. LinkedIn!? Yes, it is a social media website, but it also assists you with your networking…it is in essence another way to network!
Do you spend huge amounts of time on LinkedIn and other social networks? No, absolutely not. As Hannah Morgan explains, networking must be approached from a number of different angles; done in a number of different ways. Do read her article at: