Job Search Networking Tips For 2012

Edited article originally written by Laura Raines

As we ring in the new year, executive job seekers will find new opportunities in the 2012’s job market as well. According to the December Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, employers anticipate a 9% increase in hiring during the first quarter of the new year, the most promising hiring Outlook survey since 2008.

Here are a few networking tips from career coaches, recruiters and other experts to help you make the most of your job search in 2012.

  1. Professionalize your presence online. Martha Carnahan, certified business and life coach with BrilliantVisions LLC recommends you Google yourself and look at your online profiles through the eyes of your next employer. “You want to impress and show your personality, but avoid the ‘too much information’ factor.” says Martha.
  2. Learn to  NetWeave. “In traditional networking, you ask for help, which may feel uncomfortable. A less self-serving and more powerful method is Bob Littell’s NetWeaving.” suggests Patrick Lynch, President of Frontier Group. “Become a connector of people and resource for helping others find solutions, knowing that you’re growing your network and help will come back to you.”
  3. Try Organic Networking. “Build relationships naturally by doing what you enjoy and being who you are. Talk about your career plans with family, friends, your yoga instructor or your child’s soccer coach.” advises Laura Biering, leadership coach with True Voices Inc. “You’ll create a flourishing network and net more business contacts and referrals down the road.”
  4. Set yourself apart with social media. “Create a compelling LinkedIn profile that includes a PowerPoint presentation highlighting your capabilities and accomplishments. Create a Facebook fan page for business. Include compelling content and video to show that you know industry trends and are a leader in your field.” suggests Talent Builders’ CEO, Barbara Giamanco.

Honing your networking skills will serve you well throughout your professional career, especially when job searching. Networking takes time and relationships won’t develop overnight, so be patient. By making a point of consistently meeting new people, you will learn from others about your industry, profession, and the companies you’re interested in. You might even find your perfect job you would have never known about otherwise.

About Charlotte Weeks - Executive Career Coach / Executive Resume Writer / Outplacement Consultant

Prior to founding Weeks Career Services, Inc. Charlotte Weeks worked in human resources at a national association, where she experienced the hiring process from the other side. She's also the past president of The National Resume Writers' Association (The NRWA). Charlotte specializes in providing C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.), association executives, executive directors and senior-level professionals (director, VP, SVP, etc.) with comprehensive career coaching services and high-ROI resumes. She is author of "I Want a Job in an Association -- Now What?? A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional Association, Membership Organization, or Society" and featured author of "101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career." Additional book contributions include "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes That Pop!," and "Step-by-Step Cover Letters." As an internationally-recognized expert, Charlotte provides programs and documents tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure that each person is given the highest quality of attention and service, Charlotte works with a limited number of new clients each month.
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2 Responses to Job Search Networking Tips For 2012

  1. Ed Chaffin says:

    With so many people looking for jobs, these type of tips are invaluable. I especially love your tip to “become a connector of people.” Sometimes being a resource makes it easier for us to ask for assistance in fulfilling our own needs.

    We recently wrote a post to help job seekers get better about in-person networking that you might like:

    Ed Chaffin
    Human Capital Initiative

  2. I like these tips because they are concise and simple to implement. Furthermore, they don’t require you to spend money or time on things that may not work; all these tips will not only help you professionally, but also make you grow on a personal level. We recently posted a guide to help job seekers improve their networking skills, and other useful information to be more successful at your job search. I hope it’s useful – Erich

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