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You can find job leads through Networking by making new contacts and sharing information with other groups of people.

Step 1: Get organized.

  • Organize your contacts. Include your parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, neighbors, past classmates, co-workers, and friends. Tell them about the kind of job that you’re looking for.
  • Set up your account on LinkedIn, a networking site for finding jobs.
  • Set up your Twitter account and start following employers, organizations, and friends.
  • Set up your Facebook account. Send friend requests to your contacts and “Like” pages for businesses and organizations.
  • Make sure the information on the Internet is what you want employers to see. This is creating your own personal brand to market yourself.
  • Keep personal information safe. Use virus protection, spam filters to avoid dangerous junk mail and always use creditable websites.

Step 2: Find networking opportunities.

There are many places to network. You can:
  • Use Facebook, Linked In and/or Twitter for networking.
  • Use Linked In and/or Twitter job search to find job leads.
  • Volunteer in your community.
  • Attend events in your community.
  • Visit your college Career Services office.
  • Go to professional organization websites
  • Use blogs to build relationships with readers and other bloggers with similar interests.
  • Use wikis to collaborate with groups.
  • Join or start a job club
  • Find local associations

Step 3: Be ready to tell people about yourself.

  • Practice introducing yourself. Put together a short 30 second elevator speech. This should highlight your skills, work history and education. Be positive and smile.
  • Practice your handshake.
  • Carry business cards that include your contact information, a bulleted list of the types of job you are interested in and a list of your skills.
  • Listen and show interest in the person who is talking.

Step 4: Stay in touch and manage your brand.

  • Use RSS feeds to keep up with information on your favorite websites.
  • Review your personal brand often so employers see you as a potential employee. Friends may have tagged your name to information you do not want viewed.
  • Let your contacts know when you have a job
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