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Make a List of Contacts

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 4:55 AM

Make a list people who might be able to help answer your job search questions. Start talking with them. These contacts might include:

•Friends, family, neighbors, and church members

•Former classmates, teachers, and professors

•Acquaintances and business contacts, including former managers, supervisors, and coworkers

•Referrals from other contacts

Be prepared and organize your list of contacts

Some job seekers find it helpful to think about themselves as a business. Successful businesses have a business plan to manage and market their products or services. In a job search, your skills, experience, and personal strengths are your products or services. Here are a few ways to make sure you create a good first impression and effectively manage your job search:

•Create a simple business card. Make sure it focuses on your target job search titles and promotes your skills and strengths. Put your preferred contact information on it. Always have a few with you.

•Organize information about your contacts in a way that is meaningful to you. Then track your ongoing communication with them. Some people use a three-ring binder, tickler file, spreadsheet, or e-mail system.

Research potential employers to learn more about them before you contact someone who might be helpful to you.

•Prepare your resume in case someone asks for it.

•Reach out to others and enjoy yourself!

Categories: Networking

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