Most of us have heard that the way to find a job is through networking.
What if you have no idea what that means? What if you have been rearing your children for the last couple of years and not held a job outside the home? Who do you network with? How do you start?
Networking is a buzzword for reaching out to everyone you know about job possibilities. You may not think you know anyone who can offer you a job because you don’t know any human resource managers or recruiters. However, you may know more people than you think.
Write down the names of everyone you know.
- Start with your immediate and extended family.
- Continue with all the people you know at your church, synagogue, or mosque.
- Write down your friends’ names and their spouses.
- Write down the people in your crafting circle, quilting bee, and scrapbooking club.
- Think of your kids’ sports teams and the parents you chat with at those games.
- Consider your fellow team members in the bowling league, softball team, or tennis club.
Next to the names of everyone you know, write their occupation and name of the employer, if you know it.
Write down the contact information for everyone you can, including email addresses, phone numbers, Facebook names, LinkedIn account, or Twitter profile.
Now, review your list and be amazed at how many people are in your network!
Next article: How do I use my network now that I have one?