“Yes Virginia, there are contacts out there for a job seeker.”
Many of you may recognize the line that movie references – about mythical characters upon which some of us are raised to believe in as children. I choose to reference that, tongue in cheek, because I think in many cases when we suggest to our clients that they tap their network in their job search it also feels mythical.
In fact, I’ve heard many, many times, “I don’t have contacts outside of my prior (or current) job. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t work there.” Or “I can’t ask them for a referral.”
So, let’s start there with a couple of examples of how job seekers are neglecting the contacts right under their noses.
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