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Four ways to leverage your network in job search

Phoenicians know that this town is very small and the reality of finding a job can be about who you know. If you are just beginning your job search, start with the people you know and the connections you have already made. Consider taking these steps to jump start your search this summer:

  1. Make a list. Make a list of your current contacts that could assist with your job search. This list could have 5-50 people on it. Next, start reaching out to these contacts via e-mail or phone and let them know that you are actively searching for jobs.
  2. Meet with people who are at the top of your list. Contact them and explain that you would like to schedule a time to get together over coffee if they are available. It gives them the reason for your meeting and an opportunity for them to respond with an available time according to their schedule.
  3. Do your research before the meeting. Print hard copies of your resume and review their LinkedIn® Connections to ask about introductions. Make a list of the top companies you are interested in and be clear on what type of position you are looking for or what you want to do in your next position.
  4. Be clear in communicating what assistance you would like. It’s appropriate to ask for a few introductions or to have your contact forward your cover letter and resume on, but don’t ask for the moon. Keeping your network supporting you means asking for a few impactful, reasonable action steps that can get you headed in the right direction. Once they have taken action, be prepared to execute a solid follow up plan.