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JOB SEARCH / JAN. 02, 2014
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How to Leverage Your Network to Find a job in 2014

When you leverage your network, you’ll better understand your connections and who can help you the best during your job search. Whether it’s having a connection to someone who can proofread your resume or a friend who knows of a job opening, your network is going to play major role during your job search in 2014.

I have collected the best advice on how to augment your net worth as a jobseeker. Pay attention to these different ways networking can help you succeed in your 2014 job search.

First of all, Know Your Personal Brand Inside and Out

Before you can even start increasing your net worth, you must understand your current assets. Do an inventory of your personal brand’s strengths and the connections you currently have. You should also be prepared to answer any question a recruiter or employer could have about your experience and skills. By getting to know your personal brand inside and out, you will feel more confident when networking with peers, experts, and employers and you’ll also discover more connections that will bring you closer to landing a job.

Begin Networking With Your Peers

Before you start worrying about the connections you don’t have, focus on the people you already know. Your peers are a great way to help you create new connections without feeling the pressure of having to meet new people immediately. Contact your friends, coworkers, alumni, previous bosses, friends and family. All of these people can serve as a valuable resource during your job search in 2014.

Build Relationships With the Experts

The more experts you connect with, the more value your network will have during your search. These professionals can be experts in your field or those who are knowledgeable in career advice and human resources. Ideally, you should build relationships with professionals in both areas to ensure you receive the advice you need.

The connections you build in your field will help you find mentors and discover what it takes to succeed in landing a job in your industry. They can also provide you with the secrets of how they’ve created a successful career and what it takes to impress employers.

In addition to having industry connections, your relationships with career experts will provide you with advice on how to improve your networking skills, market yourself as a professional, and guide you through the job search process. Plus, when you have a connection with a career expert, he can give you hints on how to stand out as a candidate and help you avoid common job seeker mistakes.

Network Your way Into a Company

A sneaky way to help you increase your net worth is by networking with people at companies you’d love to work for. You can do this by following these companies on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, and also by interacting with their brand online.

Once you start learning more about a company, the next step is to find out if any of your peers have connections to these companies. If they do, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get your foot in the door. However, if you don’t have any connections, then it’s time to start making them. Reach out to employees and recruiters of those companies to try get as much information as you can. This will help you build your network and learn the inside scoop of what it takes to land a job with that employer.

All in all, if you want to be that first person employers want to hire, you’ll have to leverage your network first and increase your net worth. You’ll never know which one of your connections could lead you in the direction of landing a job in 2014.

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