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01/20/09
Networking and back-up plans
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Recruiters
Posted by: site admin @ 3:20 pm

Everyone who is in transition finds these times
trying, even frustrating.  Despite this it is
important to temper requests, follow-ups
and submissions with calmness and
professionalism.

A recent email reveals a recent grad’s persistence
and effort at developing networking skills during
the holiday season.

“Dear Dan,

…[One recruiter]… took me on as a candidate
and has called my references.  I’ve set a goal
of checking in with my recruiter once a week.

I applied on-line to a couple of positions
through [a second firm] and am going to
call them tomorrow to try to set up a general
interview…

I applied to …positions at [four places]
on-line.

…I found out how “cool” networking is when
it works.  At Thanksgiving, in holiday
greetings, using  LinkedIn, and through
alumni groups.


Yours
truly,

L”

Despite all these efforts results can often be
meager at best.  So while keeping your eye
on your target, also consider having a
financial plan which points out trigger points
when you should switch to back up plans.

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