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Just as the places where we look for jobs has changed over the years, so must our ways of networking to look for work. Most people have networks of friends in the real world for a variety of purposes. These networks include neighbors, home and school association members, church members, friends from the gym, family members and even co-workers. These are people who are turned to when the need for their expertise arises. Increasingly, these same people are developing online networks as well. These include people who like your statuses on Facebook, retweet your tweets in Twitter or re-pin your pins on Pinterest. Sometimes, these online relationships get deeper and develop into real relationships of substance. This is a good thing. My view on this matter is of course influenced by my experience. I started a blog and business with two women I did not meet in real life until 6 to 9 months after the business and blog were started. I regularly get solicited for work by companies who have no contact with me other than via email and the internet.
Modern life dictates that many people most people must work for a living. Additionally, the modern workplace has changed and people are no longer staying with in employer for their entire professional careers. This means that on more than one occasion, people will be looking for work. When doing a job search, it doesn’t make sense to make exclusive use of real world networks. When looking for a job either as an employee, a freelancer or an entrepreneur, it is important to use your online networks. Online networks have several advantages that should not be ignored. One of those advantages is potential access to a larger number if job sources. Another advantage with online networks is that it a member of your online network can send a recommendation to the person filling the job opening and it will not look unusual. These are two very nice benefits that come with online networks.
If you are in the market for a new job or new clients, do not rely solely on your real world networks. Look to your online networks for help and support as well. Think of it this way, a contractor using a house does not use only one type if tool. Instead she would make use of every tool in her toolbox that would help her do her job. You should follow that same idea when searching for a job. Make use of all your networks, those in the real world and those online.
In conclusion it is wonderful to use all your networks to find a new job. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, are you using all your sources to find a new job?