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Improve your job search and increase your job opportunities with the advice in these videos.
You Will Need
- Referral companies
Get key information about opportunities by setting up meetings with contacts from your last company. Be clear about your target industry or company and professional goals.
Network for information
Network with colleagues and former coworkers to find information about a company, its culture, upcoming openings, types of employees, work environment, and compensation. Build contacts within your industry so that people can legitimately vouch for you and recommend you to others.
Get known in groups
Join specialized groups on social networking sites and offer tips in your area of expertise to interact with people who may have sources at the company you are seeking to engage.
Find referral companies
Locate companies that pay their employees referral rewards and find a way to get into the running for an open position that you're qualified for.
Pay attention to conversations around you. Interact at social and cultural events, neighborhood and family parties, and holiday occasions. Most people don't listen closely enough and fail to recognize potential referrals around them.
Join community service and professional organizations. Attend lectures, fundraisers, workshops, and business networking group meetings to build sources for job referrals.
Stay in touch. Car mechanics, receptionists, hairdressers, waiters, and dry cleaners can be prime resources because of the wide and diverse group of people they encounter.