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Besides attending networking events, what is the best advice one can get about meeting with those who can help in getting your name mentioned to those who work where you would like to begin your career?

I attend various chamber events and meet with many individuals but I would like to know how to use my time wisely. Should I be attending 3 events a week or should it be 1 that is geared directly for business?
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Phil’s Answer

You may want to leverage LinkedIn. You can locate people who work for the company you are interested in and send them a message introducing yourself. Most people are happy to help if they can.

Phil recommends the following next steps:

Learn how to utilize LinkedIn to enhance career.
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Simeon’s Answer

Generally, outside of some entry level positions (but even including most of those), people get jobs because of who they know, not what they know. It's important to remember that you need to build bridges before you need them. If you find yourself in need of a bridge right now, it's already too late. One of the first things to remember with networking is that it's difficult to network above your employment level, meaning you'll have the easiest time networking with people who are just like you. Networking is more of a long-game thing. Once the friends you've made are doing better off, they are likely to turn around and help you find a position as well. Trying to network to managers and recruiters is not really different than a normal cold-call asking for job positions. Go to events if you can, but don't forget to reach out to the people that you already know. Try to build connections with people you have genuine chemistry and connection with if possible. It won't do you much good to go to a networking event and make generic small talk with people and then swap business cards. Think about how likely you would be to recommend someone like that for a job opening. How would you know you could recommend them at all? You need to find people you naturally connect with who will positively remember you and be excited to have you join their company some day. So think less about how many times per week and think more about which events are you more likely to build a personal connection at. It's better to form one deep connection than get thirty people to take your business card and toss them away at home.
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Jen’s Answer

Linked has been awesome for me. Search for recruiters or HR professionals at that business and send requests. Consider sending an email before you apply. Get them on the phone if you can. Ask what they are most looking for and adapt you cover letter and resume to that specific job. Do not apply for every job, this can be a negative at HR. One guy in my company applied for 97 jobs and wasn't qualified for all, this means HR will start over looking you. Answer you phone, avoiding texting about jobs, set the tone you are serious and want this position. If you get an interview know the company, ask questions about them so they know you are truly interested, many applicants do not do this. Learn the star interview process. Have prepared answers to basic questions. Then you are 5 steps ahead. Good luck!

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