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Networking - May 30th 2015, 06:11 PM

Job hunting sucks, but I am sure I am preaching to the choir.

I am in a position where thankfully my parents can support me, so I'm not as screwed as a lot of other new graduates, but obviously it is not ideal and I desperately needed a job a month ago and there is still no job in sight. I am desperate to get a job and it's been super tough. I can't move because "reasons" (it's just not an option) and a lot of jobs want like 5+ years (I have max 1.5) or aren't in my field or are related BUT in the wrong area (eg. Sales, not outreach/education). It's tough but that's ok, I am working diligently and will be getting a job at a local cafe or something asap to make ends meet.

Ok so what I really want to say is that I keep hearing how like 80% of jobs are fund through networking. My problem is that I don't have a large network outside of one single university where I currently live so I am trying to build my network.

I have a few good ideas. My problem is that I am not interested in dry talks about business practices with very little opportunity for engagement with others. I'd rather go to art gallery events, volunteer, and do things I find fun like joining exercise groups, where I will engage with others.

What does everyone else do to network? Do you have good tips to be successful?




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Re: Networking - June 4th 2015, 11:04 AM

I don’t network, but probably should start doing that.

I think finding websites or social media to do with business can help a lot. Sometimes they advertise on social media about meet-ups and that can be a great way of keeping up to date with things. Perhaps look into other university’s social media sites too as they might offer a one-day lecture or workshop for anyone to attend.

I also think that finding out what’s going on in your area in general can help too. For example, libraries, gyms, museums, galleries and cafes probably have a schedule of events (or advertise events) that you might like or be interested in and tagging along to most things is a way of networking too.


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Re: Networking - June 8th 2015, 12:55 PM

To add to the above. Find people in the work you're doing, talk to them. Offer to buy them lunch/coffee/bake them muffins etc if they'll give you a bit of time. A few things you get out of this:

1) Talking to people who may know about job openings
2) Finding out how different people got their jobs
3) Meeting cool people!!

They say a lot of jobs aren't advertised, but I'd take that also with grain of salt. Any decent sized corporation or government body will have rules around what can and can't happen - generally they must advertise (which doesn't always help).


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