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Plan for how to network to get a Job

The Job Search Plan

To get successful it is a good idea to have a plan before you start searching for specific jobs. A plan should be a flexible outline of what you want to do and how you expect to do it, while making a plan consider the following points:

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”

  • Get ready for your work search-get organized
  • Use traditional methods to find job openings
  • Use creative methods to find employment
  • Research employers
  • Network-develop leads and make contacts
  • Consider the “Hidden” Job Market
  • Jobs that are not advertised comes under the genre of hidden job market
  • Approximately 80% of available positions are never advertised – they rely on personal contacts
  • Make contact before an employer knows they need you
  • How will you know the hidden job market
  • You will get to know the hidden job market through-Relationship, connections, and referrals
  • Networking 

  • Identify your resources!!
  • Professors
  • Classmates
  • Friends
  • Parents of friends
  • Parents friends of parents
  • Family
  • Neighbors
  • Use your resources!!!
  • Informational interviews
  • Internships
  • TALK to people – engage in conversation – start with people you know
  • Enlist support, discuss you, gather information.
  • Attend informational sessions on campus
  • Contact human resource department
  • Get involved in student organizations
  • Network through Informational Interviews

  • Make courteous initial contact
  • Ask for information….NOT a job
  • Face-to-face meetings
  • Be politely persistent
  • Try to obtain several referrals from each person you contact
  • Follow up and keep them informed of your progress
  • Thank them