What's The Most Important Element Of A Successful Job Search?

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Let's face it - you've already read that networking is the most successful way to find a job. When it comes to getting a job, you're your own brand, and all the parts of your life - your experiences, strengths, weaknesses, and even your attitude -are going to come into play. 


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You've probably heard the phrase, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." That saying really conveys the power of networking. Regardless of whether you need to find a job or get a new client for your business, networking with people is the most successful way to achieve your goals.

To some people, though, networking is an alien concept - the word makes them think of awkward, superficial encounters in rooms filled with straight-laced business people trying to sell each other on their own worthiness. This is a distorted picture that some people will never understand - and they may never get a job as a result.

In reality, networking is simply being willing to be of mutual assistance: if you can help someone else advance their career or personal interests, and they can do the same for you, it's mutually beneficial. The trick is to make yourself valuable in such a way that people who have something to offer will want to meet you. It doesn't take being an outgoing party animal; it means developing your skills and finding ways to contribute to others' success. If everyone contributes what they can and takes what they need, everyone wins.

In order for any network to work, there has to be an exchange of value between its components. If you want people in your network to take an interest in helping you find a job or otherwise help you succeed, you have to be willing to give them something in return. That's not just sharing relevant information from time to time; that can include introducing them to others who might help their businesses as well as contributing ideas or helping them out with something else. It also means being willing for them to introduce you to people who might be able to help you out in turn.

Addressing both sides of this exchange of value is what networking is all about. You want people on your side so they'll introduce you around, but they need some incentive in return.

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