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05/17/07
Networking 3.
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Mature professionals
Posted by: BlogMaster @ 9:48 am

Recently, I had the privilege to meet a group
at Columbia University.  They richly welcomed
me and taught me things from their questions.

One of the topics was how do we find out
positions to apply for locally.  This is a common
question for many
.
The standard responses are internet (viewing
key websites that have been mentioned in
recent blogs), networking (contacting everyone
that can put you in contact with decision makers
who can invite you to submit a resume), and
all the traditional media containing ads.

The first two have a common trait that we pointed
out at Columbia:  Look for NODES or key sites
(Internet) or centers of information (networking).
While the information may be originating in
outlying sources, nodes are aggregators of
the needed information.

In networking for general purposes, we look
for NODES that are CENTERS OF
COMMUNICATION in the job search mode
and CENTERS OF INFORMATION, ACTION,
or INFLUENCE in the business mode.

So, when one conceives of their networks, a key
feature are the nodes.  Files might be developed
on members of your networks who are NODES
and reliable sources of communication,
information, action and influence.  Quite often,
it is helpful to use networks to verify
information.  In our highly connected, interactive
world this is a useful feature to recognize and
use.

Dan

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