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    Reach Out to the People You Already Know

    One of the easiest ways to propel your chances of landing a job is to tap into the network you’ve already established (e.g., friends, family, previous co-workers, bosses, alumni associations, and contacts within professional affiliations). How about making some “catch-up” calls, touching base with your acquaintances for starters? Start doing that on a regular basis, because it’s the groundwork for stronger bonds and richer relationships whether you’re looking for a job or not.

    Put the “Social” Back into Your Social Media Network

    If one-to-one networking isn’t your thing, think about incorporating social media channels into your job search strategy; that’s an easy way to go in this ever-increasing virtual world we live in. Facebook is a great place to do that; you’d be surprised how your personal connections can assist in your job search.

    Make your presence known on LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter as well. Especially if you’re in the middle of a job search campaign, LinkedIn is the go-to place to connect with industry professionals and employers, all with only a few keystrokes and a click. A great thing about LinkedIn is that you can follow companies that interest you; then read and comment on posts from company leaders and employees. Who knows, you may even have some existing contacts that can make some quick introductions and help you get your foot in the company door.

    Volunteer Your Way to a Job

    Another area of opportunity is to start volunteering. Helping others in general is always a good booster to your self-worth, especially if you happen to be unemployed. You’d be surprised how many new people you meet that way.

    As a matter of fact, make giving an integral part of your job search personality. The more you help others, the more they’ll be inclined to help you when you need it. That old cliché “What comes around goes around” works when you’re looking to build up your personal network. It builds VERY quick trust and respect with new people; people who may in turn be able to put you in touch with a job opportunity in the very near future.

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