Networking Is Still The Best Way To Find A Job
Despite the explosion of online job search tools, from job boards to networking sites like LinkedIn, the conventional wisdom among career coaches holds that most people still find jobs through networking.
Many people don't network because they feel as though they are asking a big favor by expecting others to read their resume or cart it around. But by handing them a Visual Resume instead, this exchange can be as subtle as handing out a business card! It's small and robust. It's not a flimsy page.
The saying, "It is not what you know, it's who you know," is the basis for a networking strategy. When you are identifying your networks, include everyone you can think of, not just people who can hire you. Start by making a list of everyone you know including: family, friends, neighbors, counselors, past and present teachers, past and present co-workers, and employers. The most important thing is to come up with a list of people who know you well enough for you to have a conversation with them. These people are probably going to be willing to give you suggestions for your job search. This first group of people may simply introduce you to others, or they may offer specific help.