More job leads are developed by talking to people who may have positions available or know someone who does. This is the best way for you to identify job openings. Particularly as we advance through our careers, we find that the bulk of job leads come about as a result of the personal contacts we have with individuals in other companies or organizations.

To advance in your career, it is critical that you keep your network active, making time to talk to people and keep them aware of what you are doing and the type of work that interests you.

There are four major groups of personal and career networks: Personal Relationships, and Professional Relationships, Organizational and Community Affiliations, and Opportunistic Networks. Here are examples of the types of people who are representative of each of these networks:

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

  • Immediate family
  • Extended family
  • Close friends, neighbors, and acquaintances
  • Service professionals (doctor, plumber, etc.)
  • Helping professionals (minister, priest, rabbi, case manager, instructor)
  • Social groups (religious groups, service organizations, fraternal organizations, sports teams, recreational groups)

PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

  • Organizational colleagues from both current and former employers
  • Customers, vendors, consultants, contractors, union representatives

ORGANIZATIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

  • College Placement Departments
  • Community or volunteer organizations
  • Trade associations and union organizations
  • Philanthropic, cultural, and civic organizations

OPPORTUNISTIC NETWORKS

  • The woman on the bus
  • The man at the gym
  • The couple behind you in the movie line
  • The guy who runs the corner grocery store
  • The person you’re sitting next to at the doctor’s office

 

Meet, talk, and socialize with as many people as you can about the career field that interests you.

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