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Network your Way to a New Job, Job Hunters: Use Your Network

Call, contact, email former co-workers, colleagues, associates, etc.

Ask them to connect you with people they know - an email introduction.

Find an employee or contact who can refer you in each of the companies you are applying to (Alumni groups are essential - post a note on your alumni website, or contact your alumni office and ask for contacts at company ABC. You may think it is an imposition to ask someone to refer you - think again. The company may even have an employee referral program, providing incentives for current employees to refer job candidates for open positions.

Start with people you know - let them know that you are looking for a job or internship.

Give them a copy of your resume so that they can pass it along to others. Ask for advice.

Ask for referrals to others who might be able to help you in your career search.

  • Join a professional association.
  • Volunteer in your area of interest.
  • Use the Internet as a source of contacts.
  • Attend a seminar or class in your area of interest.
  • Maintain your network of essential B-School colleagues.

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