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Networking for success

Unemployment is high, jobs are scarce and, in this tough economy, searching for work online just isn't enough. 

If you're looking for a job, why not try some good old-fashioned networking?

"You need to practice meeting new people and talking with them in such a way that you quickly make a connection," says Coach Marcia Brandwynne. "Become a top-notch networker and from there, anything can happen. And it usually does!"

First, you must find the best networking spots.

Are you looking for a job in your own industry? Is there another business that you want to explore? When you're looking for work, this might be the time to expand your horizons. Find out what professional organizations serve those industries. Learn when and where those folks meet and then show up, collect information, get names and exchange business cards. That means bringing one of your own.

Second, you want to look at your leisure activities as networking opportunities.

If you go to a yoga class, make friends. Same thing for the gym or on the golf course. Get to know people on a personal level and later on you might be surprised at how many of these connections can assist you professionally. It's much easier to ask someone for help if you know them personally.

Successful networkers go to places that will give them the biggest bang for their buck.

And here's the big one: Do some volunteer work.

You'll be spending time with people who have the same values and interests that you have. And you're very likely to meet someone in that volunteer organization who can lead you to your next job.

Once you find places to network, remember that a good networker makes it a habit to strike up a conversation wherever they go. You just never know who you'll meet or how they can help you. Give it a try. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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