Job hunting took longer than I’d prefer. And I’ve learned a few things in the process. Since contacts keep calling me for advice, I’m posting some of those lessons here.
Networking is a multi-pronged effort. Yes, you should build your network today so that you can work it tomorrow. Go to industry events; be helpful and informative wherever you can. People really do remember who is always asking for something and who actually delivers on what she says she’ll do.
When it comes time to job hunt, you have a network that can both get the word out for you and relay openings back to you that you might not have found yourself.
But maybe you haven’t laid the foundation of a blanketed job hunt. What can you do today?
I can’t overemphasize the value of a LinkedIn account. Connect with classmates, connect with coworkers and don’t forget your extended family. It brings the magic of third degree connections to you.