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3 Powerful Networking Tips to Help You Land a Job

Posted June 16, 2014 by Sally Calloway in Networking Buzz
Looking for a new job? Time to tap into your network of connections. Before you reach out to anyone, it is important to strategically prepare so that you can land interview opportunities.

Here are 3 tips on how to maximize your networking efforts:

  1. Narrow down your prospects based on your career aspirations. Read through online profiles and bios and consider targeting only those that inspire you. Reaching out to everyone and anyone can be counter-productive and may even exude desperation. Compliment each connection by speaking to their accomplishments that motivated you to reach out to them individually. Networking is all about taking interest in someone else and genuinely wanting to get to know and learn from them.
  1. Prepare your pitch. Research the companies for which each connection works. Prepare a relative success story from your work history that exhibits how your skills and expertise can supplement their core values and contribute to the company mission. Even better, try to find out a certain initiative that the company is working on, or challenge they are experiencing, and share your thought-out ideas on how you might affect change.
  1. Follow up with a thank you letter and customized resume. Reiterate why you would be a great fit, and include a resume that is tailored to the company. Infuse keywords from the job description and/or company website into your resume and showcase quantifiable examples of success.

Before a connection recommends you, or “puts in a good word” they want to be confident that you will deliver. Generic, vanilla email blasts, and memorized, robotically delivered elevator speeches will no longer cut in today’s competitive employment market. Nor, will a cookie-cutter resume or an insincere approach.

For more free, job-winning tips, resources and strategies visit www.careercoachsally.com.


About the Author

Sally Calloway

As a Certified Professional Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer and Employment Trends Analyst, Sally Calloway has discovered new rules, and little-known, proven strategies that every job seeker needs to know. Throughout her 15-year span of career development experience, Sally has collaborated and consulted with human resources professionals and recruiters across the globe, and with renowned organizations including Disney and MGM International. In her former role, Calloway served as the College director of career services for eight years. She taught career success classes and provided career services to thousands of students and graduates helping them land internships and employment despite the downturn of the employment economy. Currently as an author, speaker career coach, and expert resume writer she coaches and mentors job seekers of all levels from recent college graduates to C-level executives, and former military personnel. Coach Sally has transformed thousands of resumes into job-winning machines that recruiters rave about through her powerful “value-stacking” resume building technique. Her revolutionary job interview techniques help candidates interview with ease and confidence, land offers on the spot, and more money. Sally Calloway has a passion for helping job seekers effectively illustrate their accomplishments on their resume and communicate their value with confidence in interviews so that they can achieve their career dreams. For a free resume critique, you may email your resume as a Word attachment to coachsally49@gmail.com For speaking inquiries, Sally Calloway may be contacted via email at: coachsally49@gmail.com