Now that you have your plan, essentials such as your resume completed, and a direction, it's time to get yourself out there and network. Networking is where "the rubber meets the road" in any job search or career development. The resources in this section will help you determine which time-tested tools and new technologies like social networking to focus on no matter how familiar you are with their use. You will also find articles on the mental approach to making connections and communicating with new and existing contacts.
The power of the Internet has taken our traditional concepts of personal networks and relationship groups and expanded them exponentially. The ability to find literally a world of people with common interests is now at our fingertips. However, getting started on this path may seem intimidating for some. This section will lay out the ground rules and objectives for you.
LinkedIn is the premier professional social networking web site, boasting over 80 million worldwide members. Maintaining an active group of contacts is useful during job search and on a continuing basis for career development. Check here for videos and other resources designed to help you maximize this powerful tool.
Facebook is primarily a vehicle for keeping in touch with your family and friends, but it can also be a job-search ally. Plus, since employers increasingly use Facebook to research potential applicants, your page gives you another opportunity to portray the right message.
Investigating and joining social networking groups in your field of interest will help you make new connections, learn of employment opportunities, and stay current on industry trends and news during your period of job search. This section provides a list of online networking groups by industry.
The professional and social groups and associations in the Metroplex cover a broad spectrum of interests and specialties. Many are free to join or only charge nominal dues. Personal interactions are key to keeping you engaged and ready to talk about your attributes and are sure to lead to helpful relationships. Bonding with those who have similar outlooks or experiences can be a crucial resource for maintaining your job-search focus and managing your personal relationships, as well.
As one America's largest population centers, the Metroplex provides the power of substantial local corporate muscle. Find information here about local industry clusters and the targeted occupations for employment growth in the region.
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