Networking Trumps Resume Posting

Tim Carr, Chief Lifter, LIFT Agency

When I was looking for my first career opportunity after college, it took me a while to realize that job searching needs to go beyond a finely polished resume. Taking an active role in creating human connections and attending networking events will create more career opportunities than any anonymous job board application.

When asking for a meeting, be sure to emphasize you are seeking advice, not a jobThis is key! While a phone call works, face-to-face meetings are always more effective.

Some questions you should ask:

Don't be too picky by limiting yourself to just your "field."

  • What are the industry trends?
  • What types of jobs are available in the field?
  • What skills or personal characteristics contribute to success?

And always be sure to ask if there is anyone else you should speak with. These related introductions will open invaluable doors.

Be sure to send a follow-up note of appreciation, preferably handwritten.

Continue the cycle of informational interviews and before you know it, you will have a solid understanding of what it takes to succeed in a field. And more importantly, when someone has a new opportunity, you could be top of mind.

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