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Does Your Professional Network Need A Tune-Up?

by Beverly Aarons 30. January 2012 10:13

A job seeker’s professional network is their circle of industry related contacts which include former colleagues, supervisors and other associates in their field.  Job seekers who have maintained their professional network are more likely to find work quickly than those who have allowed their network to get stale.  Below are a few signs that your professional network needs a tune-up:

You Haven’t Maintained A Relationship With Most Former Coworkers

The more former coworkers you stay in touch with, the more opportunities you will have to find a job quickly.  Former coworkers can keep you abreast of changes at their firm and give you a heads up when a position is slated to open.

You Only Have A Few People Willing To Serve As References

A good reference is critical to getting work in this job market.  To make sure you have an ample supply of good references, stay in touch with individuals who are personally familiar with your work and who would be willing to share their positive experience with employers.

You Haven’t Attended Industry Related Events In Over A Year

Attending industry related events gives you an opportunity to add “fresh blood” to your professional network.  Industry events give you access to new contacts; but following up with those contacts is what will help you maintain your professional network.

You Don’t Have A Follow Up System

If you don’t schedule times to touch base with contacts, your professional network will eventually atrophy. It’s important to touch base with all contacts at least twice a year.  You should also make a habit of having in person meetings with your most important contacts at least once a year if possible.

 


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