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May 2011. Career Advice from a Career-Finding Expert

Summer is here! Networking events tend to slow down during the next few months, meaning
people searching for jobs will often have to get creative to make new connections. Here are some tips and tricks on nurturing relationships to help in your job hunt.

  1. Reconnect. Now is the perfect time to reach out to connections you’ve made in the past. Leverage your LinkedIn connections by taking five select people and sending them a message asking how things have been. Take a moment to make just three phone calls a day to past co-workers. Once the conversation starts moving you never know where it can lead, plus it puts you and your job search at the top of their minds.

  2. Volunteer. Everyone needs extra volunteers during the summer and during festival season there is always a need for extra assistance. Connect with your local church communities, festival holders and volunteer organizations like The Hunger Task Force, American Cancer Society, etc. and ask how you can help. You’ll meet a lot of new people and you’ll connect with organizations that can help leverage your resume.

  3. Get out of the house. It’s common to stay at your computer during the job hunt since technology has made it incredibly easy to apply for multiple jobs in a short amount of time. Resist the temptation to spend every moment applying for jobs. Get out of the house. Go to the park. Have dinner with friends. Casual conversation often brings up the best opportunities.