Some great advice on the power of Networking, and some mistakes to avoid!
The difference between networking and not working is just ONE letter. It’s a hard fact that in today’s job market, networking is vital to success. Which means getting yourself out there, making introductions and shaking hands is non-negotiable. In Joe Sweeney’s thoughtfully written book, we are reminded that “The Wall Street Journal reported that 94 percent of successful job hunters claimed that networking made all the difference for them.” In fact, 60-90 percent of jobs are found through friends, relatives, and direct contacts—not recruiting agencies or classifieds. It seems the old adage, “It’s not what you know, but who you know” has sizable grain of truth: according to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly two-thirds of all workers found their current job because they “knew someone”.
Networking is key to staying top of mind if you’re currently employed and absolutely critical if you’re unemployed. Joe Sweeney pithily…
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