Networking is an important part of the job search. We've all heard the statistics that 70% or more of jobs are found through networking. Whetherit’s online networking or face-to-face networking, it’s important forjob-seekers to give when networking.
Many job-seekers have reported feeling uncomfortableasking someone for help. Does this sound like you? Do you feel you have nothing to give in return? To turnthis around, I encourage you to first ask your networking contacthow you can help him/her. This will give you an opportunity to addvalue to the relationship immediately. You could then provide asuggestion or a referral, whatever is appropriate. Once you have helpedthe contact, you will feel more comfortable asking the contact for help. Always ask the contact who else he/she knows that you should talk too. This willhelp to continue expanding your network.
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