Have Your Networking Letter Land You a Job
By Kim Isaacs | Monster Resume Expert
No matter what field you’re in, a successful career is built on human relationships. Your job search will be much more effective if you connect with and expand your network of contacts rather than just respond to job ads. Thousands of healthcare positions are created and filled without ever being advertised. A networking letter will help you uncover these hidden job opportunities.
What Is a Networking Letter?
This job-hunting tool lets you reach out to friends, friends of friends and professional contacts, asking for job leads, career advice, referrals and introductions. The letter’s focus is not to ask your contacts for a job, but to request their assistance in your job search by connecting you with people or opportunities.
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Who to Target?
To tap into your network and create job leads, consider all these sources: friends, your spouse or significant other’s friends, current or former coworkers and supervisors, professionals you have met through online networking sites, associations (alumni, civic and professional organizations), clergy, nonprofit organizations, customers/clients, vendors, teachers and classmates.
You may even consider distant acquaintances as part of your networking campaign — someone you met at a lecture, trade show or seminar might be willing to assist you. Or someone you have met online through professional networking sites.