Career experts estimate that the vast majority of job openings are never advertised or publicly announced, but filled through word-of-mouth, or networking, known as the “Hidden Job Market”

Assignment #8 – Networking 
Career experts estimate that the vast majority of job openings are never advertised or publicly announced, but filled through word-of-mouth, or networking, known as the “Hidden Job Market”. The likelihood of a job opening not being advertised at all increases with the level of the job. Yet, even with this knowledge, most job seekers fail to fully utilize networking for all its worth. Networking means developing a broad list of contacts — people you would meet through various social and business functions — and using them to your advantage when you are looking for a job. People in your network may be able to give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network. The best place to start developing your network is with your family, friends, and neighbors — and with their family, friends, and neighbors, but don’t stop there. Talk to co-workers, colleagues in your industry, and those you meet at industry gatherings, such as trade shows and conferences. Talk with former co-workers, bosses, and teachers.
The key to successful networking deciding to put the energy needed to make it work. First, you need to get organized (for example, keeping a business card file or computer database). Second, you need to stay in contact (for example, through regular phone calls, email, and holiday greetings). Third, you need to set goals for yourself (such as 5 new contacts per week).
Career Networking Do’s and Don’ts;
Here are the keys to successful networking for your job-search. Follow these simple rules and you should achieve success in this important strategic tool of job-hunting.
• Do realize why networking is so important. Only 15 to 25 percent of jobs are advertised, so you can find out about all the unadvertised openings only through talking to as many people as possible and telling them you are looking for a job.
• Do think creatively about where to find network contacts. You can find people to add to your network almost anywhere.
• Don’t go anywhere without copies of your resume and business cards or networking cards. You can keep your resume in your car or briefcase, but be sure you can access it easily if you meet someone who could pass your resume along to a hiring manager.
• Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most people are flattered to be asked for assistance and advice with your job search. It makes them feel important.
• Do join a professional organization related to your field. In a survey conducted for A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way Into the Hidden Job Market, professional organizations were cited as the top venue for networking.
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• Do volunteer. Volunteer work was cited in the survey as the No. 2 way to make network contacts.
• Do find a mentor. A mentor — that one person who can guide you, help you, take you under his or her wing and nurture your career quest — can be the most valuable kind of network contact.
• Do come up with a system for organizing your network contacts, whether a spreadsheet on your computer, a file box of index cards, a three-ring binder, or whatever works for you.
• Don’t forget to thank everyone in your network who has been helpful to you, preferably with a nice thank-you note. It’s just common courtesy to show your appreciation for peoples’ time and assistance, and your contacts will remember your good manners.
• Do keep networking even after you’ve found a job. You never know when you might need your network contacts again.

Assignment: 
Step 1. Review the following websites for information
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Step 2. Develop a list of 20 contacts that will be directly related to the above mentioned items to help you start your job search. You should try to get as much information as possible (<link is hidden> name, address, phone, web, occupation, employer, and how they relate to your job search). If you feel unsure of supplying phone numbers to a public forum like this website, then in the copy you post to the discussion board you may omit this info, but you need it for your use in networking for a job. Don’t forget that these contacts can come from sources such as former employers, academic peers currently employed, former professors, relatives in a similar industry, or other new ones you created by happenstance. You should list an area on your contact area of the dates you spoke with them, potential leads, and results as well (this is for future use and I don’t expect you to have info this quickly). Use individuals from your academic sources, internships, previous jobs, family friends, acquaintances, professional organizations, etc. to develop this list. I suggests using Excel as it makes a nice way to organize your info and allows you to later sort and search very easily for items.
Step 3. Once your list is compiled, post to the proper discussion board 
Step 4. Review 2 other students’ posts, provide constructive feedback.

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