"Networking" is just a fancy word for talking to people and letting them know you're looking for a job. Everyone has a network; you just have to figure out who's in yours and how to get them to help you find a job. Here's how to network:
Step 1: Make A Network List
Make a list of every friend, family member or acquaintance with a job. Write down their phone numbers and addresses (if you have them).
Step 2: Prioritise the List
Identify the people on your list who are most likely to help you. For example, you might want to first talk to someone with a job in the field you want to work in or a friend who knows a lot of people.
Step 3: Start Calling Your Network
When you call someone on your list you might say something like:
"Hi John, this is Tracy from church. I just completed a training course in computers and I am starting my job search. I know you work in the field and I thought you might have some ideas on how I can get started."
Step 4: Don't Hang Up Without Another Name to Call
Even if the people you call don't know of a job, they probably know two or three people you can call. When you call someone who's been recommended to you, you might say something like:
"Hello, Ms. Smith? John Davis referred me to you. We go to the same church. I mentioned to John that I'm looking for a job in the computer field and he said you're very knowledgeable and might be able to steer me in the right direction."
Step 5: Follow Up With a CV
Make copies of your CV and send them to anyone in your network who might be able to help (including the new people you've been put in contact with). Include a cover letter thanking them for keeping their eyes open for you and reminding them of the types of jobs you're looking for. If you don't have a CV, click here to build one.
If you follow these steps, you will be amazed at how quickly your network expands.