In this article from U.S. News and World Reports On Careers, Lindsay Olson explains, Finding a Job Through Networking Groups.
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Everyone keeps telling you to network to help with finding a job, but you’re apprehensive about doing so. You’re not sure where to start, or what to do once you get to an event.
Relax: you’re in the same boat as a lot of other nervous job seekers. With a few tips, you’ll be ready to start swapping business cards and building relationships to help you find your next position.
But first, a word about networking. Many job seekers think that going to one event will score them an interview at a great company. That’s not how it works. Networking is about building relationships, and it takes a while. So start before you’re really ready to quit, if possible, so that you have time enough to develop relationships with the people you meet, then move on to getting invited for a job interview.
Rather than thinking “how can this person help me” when you meet someone new, consider how you can help that person. It might be as simple as referring her to a salon you like. And while this little favor might seem insignificant, your new contact will remember you helping her, and want to do the same for you down the road.