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  • Thursday, September 08, 2016 10:07 AM
    Message # 4234448

    Five Tips

    5 Reasons Why Networking is Still a Good Idea
    By Paula Damiano, Editor – NAFE NEWS & NOTES

    Does the term “networking” throw you into a panic, with visions of speed-dating-like events filled with promoters of weird products and pushy fellow job seekers? Ellen Gordon Reeves, author of Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?, says that networking is still a key factor in finding your dream position. In an article for Media Bistro, Ellen says, “Stop looking for a job and start looking for a person. The right person will lead you to the right job.”

    Here are five ideas for networking without pain.


    Join a professional association. Many people wait until they’ve achieved some success or prominence in their field before they consider membership. Whether you select a group with a broad focus (like the National Association for Female Executives) or a specialized view like the Womens Bar Association or the National Association of Women in Contracting, you can use these groups to make contacts and find jobs. This includes alumni associations for your high school, college, and any institution where you took additional courses. Don’t just pay dues – get involved.



    Get business cards. Even if you don’t have a title yet, a professionally-printed card with your name and contact information gives you credibility and shows you’re serious about your career. Carry them with you all the time, and pass them out whenever the opportunity presents itself – AFTER politely asking, May I give you my card?



    Ask for information, not a job. Treat your network as a group of experts with knowledge to share. This way, you’re not pressuring people to find a position for you -- you’re just asking for advice and insight.Knowledge is a good thing.



    Identify your references. Many job seekers treat references as an afterthought. Wrong. These are very important people in your quest. Contact the individuals from whom you hope to get a reference. Meet with them, explain your background and goals, ask if they will provide a reference. Then stay in touch, with updates on how your search is progressing. When you finally provide their names to a potential employer, give your references a heads-up that they may be contacted by a specific firm.



    Slow down and enjoy the process. You’re hoping to create long-term contacts here. Find a way to continue the discussion, and create vehicles for follow-up at least two or three times a year. According to, “hurried, emergency networking is not conducive to building relationships.”

    And that’s what it’s all about. Now get out there and network!

    Paula Damiano writes and edits corporate and association newsletters, executive profiles, marketing materials, website text and other business applications that require words:



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