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Networking

It's who you know, not what you know. Like it or not, many people land job interviews and other opportunities simply because they're well connected and know the right people. Now, with countless online and social media tools available, it's easier than ever to plug into the right networks and locate the people who can help you get a job and advance your career. Our articles and expert advice will map out the best networking methods, identify the most opportune websites for networking and provide invaluable tips.

Networking Advice

  • Layoff Survival Guide

    These 10 tips are good habits to get into to manage your career even in boom times. So even if you're one of the lucky ones who aren't concerned about being laid off, put the economy to work for you. Let it motivate you to get ready for an … Read more...

  • Should I let headhunters lure me away?

    Many people in my department have left and have done quite well financially. We have the same experience, same age, yet others have gotten salary increases of as much as 20 percent by jumping ship. I just learned of someone at my level … Read more...

  • Bullish on the Network

    With so many people between jobs these days, it's no surprise that everyone seems to be brushing up on their networking skills. The economy may not be booming, but the network certainly is. Friends who didn't return telephone calls a year … Read more...

  • The Science of Schmooze

    At MIT networking sessions, students learn the basics: Arrive early and study the nametags. Never stnd between a potential contact and the bar. Try to position yourself under lights, where you are more visible. Best bet: stand near the … Read more...

  • Job Search 101: References that Help You Seal the Deal

    If you are like most people in the midst of a job search, you probably haven’t given your references much thought. You’ve likely spent more time on your resume, cover letter and networking activities. But references can have a significant … Read more...

  • Job Search 101: 8 Keys to Better Networking

    ccording to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 5 percent of job seekers obtain jobs through the open job market which consists of help wanted ads, the internet and print publications. Another 24 percent obtain jobs by cold-calling … Read more...

  • Making Mom Marketable

    At some point, several of those who have put their careers on back burner will make the decision to re-enter the workforce; sometimes driven by economic factors such as rising gas prices or jobs cuts. Chicago outplacement consultants … Read more...

  • The Great Unknown

    A glance at the newspaper headlines in the past few months tells a disturbing story. Whether or not one uses the dreaded "R" word, it's clear that more and more companies are reevaluating their workforce. Instead of worrying about your job … Read more...

  • Top Mom Jobs

    While some fields, especially in the service and hospitality industries, most directly correspond with the skill set of a stay-at-home mom (think housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, laundry machine operator, custodian, facilities … Read more...

  • 10 Things To Know About Severance Packages

    You've just been notified of your last day of employment. Your supervisor hands you a severance agreement and release and your mind is flooded with questions. How can this happen? Can they do that? Unfortunately, if you are an employee at … Read more...