Networking Tips to Strengthen Your Job Search

January 29, 2013

If you’re exclusively searching the Internet for that next career move, you are limiting your prospects. Networking is the #1 job search strategy. In the following video Linda Spencer, the assistant director and coordinator of career advising at Harvard Extension School, offers several networking tips to help you land your next job.

Networking tips: video interview with Linda Spencer

Spencer’s top 3 networking tips

Spencer says you should spend 80 percent of your time utilizing your network contacts. “Most people don’t like to hire strangers the way they used to,” she says. “People like to hire people that they know of.” 

Your networking strategy should include:

  1. Making contacts (e.g., through LinkedIn and professional organizations).
  2. Setting up informational meetings to identify needs and share how you can contribute.
  3. Preparing a professional introduction: a concise message including your name and role, your career interests, and what you have to offer.

These networking tips from Spencer can help you get a job more quickly.

Career advising at Harvard Extension School

Any Extension School student drop in for a 15-minute career advising appointment with Spencer (first-come, first-served). You can get your job search questions answered and learn more networking tips. Appointments are available Mondays from 1 to 4 pm during the academic year. The appointments are held at the undergraduate office at 51 Brattle Street in room 501.

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