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networkingIf you are unemployed or just looking for a new job or career, networking is one of the most important actions you can take to help improve your chances of finding that right job or position.

More job leads are found by speaking to people who may have positions available or know where there are openings.

As we progress through our careers, we find that the bulk of good job leads are obtained as a result of the personal contacts we have with individuals in other companies or organizations.

To advance in your career, be mindful of keeping your network active and making time to talk to people, particularly to inform them of what you are doing and the type of work that interests you.

Any number of people can help you advance in your career. Consider the following people with whom you interact; a simple conversation with them may be just the ticket to your next job or promotion.

  • Family members (immediate or extended)
  • Friends
  • Neighbors
  • Friends of friends or other acquaintances
  • Service professionals (doctor, plumber, etc.)
  • Clergy members (pastor, priest, nun, rabbi)
  • Social groups (religious groups, service organizations, fraternal organizations, sports teams, recreational groups)
  • Current or past co-workers
  • Customers, vendors, consultants, contractors, union representatives
  • College placement departments
  • Instructors (either yours or your child's)
  • Community or volunteer organizations
  • Philanthropic, cultural and civic organizations

Opportunities to talk to others about your career may also arise when you least expect them: at the post office, the bank, the gym, the doctor's office or other places. It's important to meet and talk with as many people as possible about your chosen career field.