7 Tips to Network in Your Career ...

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With the unemployment rate being so high in recent years, it is becoming more and more important to network in order to get a job.2

This is especially true for those of us in competitive career areas such as media, fashion, or even architecture.

It can seem next to impossible to start a network from scratch when you're first starting out in your field and are either an intern or unemployed.

To help get you started, here are 7 tips to network in your career.

1. You Know More People than You Think

Your network is already bigger than you think it is.

It includes all of your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, and even casual acquaintances.

Start writing down names, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the list grows!

Social media has made it very easy to see where your friends, classmates, and past co-workers now work, which gives you an edge to see if they are in your field too and if there is anything they can do to help you find a job.2

Maybe your parents know of a friend who works in your industry that can help give you advice or a person to contact.

There is little to no chance that absolutely no one in your network will know of someone who can help you.

2. Communication Skills Online & off

When it comes to communication, there is always room for improvement.

Make sure when having a conversation with someone that you fully focus on the speaker rather than daydreaming.

Avoid interrupting or trying to redirect the conversation to you.

Listening is not the same as waiting for your turn to talk.

Also, social networking is a huge part of communicating now-a-days.

So make sure your Facebook and Twitter pages are clean enough for employers to see.

If not, clean it up or change your name to make it harder for them to find you.

Also, make sure to have a Linkedin page set up with all of your accomplishments and goals up to date.

Linkedin is becoming a great employer resource for finding out information on people they want to hire.

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