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How To Tell Your Network You're Looking For A Job

Social networking sites are powerful tools on the path to finding a job and networking has become all but mandatory for those seeking jobs. But knowing how to reach out to the people you’ve established connections with is a more nuanced aspect of the job search. Learning how to reach out and having the confidence to ask directly for assistance is paramount to making your connections work for you. Learn these five tips for those looking to reach out to their network of colleagues to learn how to get them thinking about you to achieve positive results.

Contact people individually, not en masse. 
Reaching out is far more effective when it’s done individually.  While it may demand a little more of your personal time to reach out to people directly it is sure to produce greater results. 
Be clear about exactly what you’re looking for. 
Do not leave your desires open to interpretation.  Make it known that you’re looking for work and be clear about the roles that interest you.  
Ask directly for what kind of help you’d like. 
Avoid vague requests such as “let me know if you hear of anything.”  Be specific about what kind of connections you’re trying to make; people are far more likely to help if you give them something concrete they can do. 
Contact everyone in your network, even if you don’t think they would know of any appropriate job openings. 
It’s worth reaching out to your entire network.  You never know who will be able to tell you about an opening. 
Don’t forget to include your resume. 
Though it might feel forward, attaching your resume will save your contacts the effort of having to reply for a resume. Save everyone time and effort by simply including it the first time. 

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