Networking Groups Are a Must When Job Searching

Networking Groups Are a Must When Job Searching

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If you’re job searching, joining networking groups is a must! The simple fact is networking is much more effective than other methods like job boards.

In fact, the preferred method of employers is to hire people who are recommended to them. A person who is referred for a job is seen as less of a risk and there’s generally a much higher retention rate if hired.

But remember, for networking to work effectively, it’s not about throwing your resume to every contact that comes your way and waiting on the phone to ring. Effective networking is about building lasting relationships where there is a mutual benefit, whether it is giving and receiving advice, asking or answering questions or helping to open doors to conversation with the right contacts.

With a true understanding of what networking is about, it’s now time to join networking groups where people like you are ready and willing to help each other. Clearly, there are opportunities with associations within your field or industry (full list here), but here are 9 others you should check out.

  1. Alumni
    The educational institution you attended will have alumni who wish to stay connected and who are willing to help others pursue opportunities in the same profession, so contact Career Services for a list of such contacts.
  2. Local Chamber of Commerce
    Small businesses particularly rely on the local chamber of commerce for networking opportunities. Many may even host periodic events for business and job networking.
  3. LinkedIn
    If you’re job searching, you have to be on LinkedIn. This is where employers and recruiters are searching through talent, but it’s also where you can join groups to get noticed by the right types of contacts. LinkedIn allows you to join up to 50 groups.
  4. Meetup.com
    Don’t be surprised, but this social networking portal also facilitates group meetings for business networking. Just enter your city or zip code and you’ll find endless groups to explore.
  5. Execunet
    In addition to an executive level job board, it offers networking opportunities.
  6. NetShare
    In addition to job listings they offer networking opportunities.
  7. ChiefExecutiveNetwork.com
    A paid membership offers networking by industry groups.
  8. Executive Networking Groups
    Some of the best ones with local chapters include: Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG), Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), Technology Executives Networking Group (TENG), Business Executives Networking Group (BENG) and Senior Executive Networking Group (SENG).
  9. BNI International
    Claimed to be the largest business networking group in the world with over 170,000 members worldwide, it has completed as many as 5.4 million referrals in a year. There is a fee to join.

The connections you make now may very well become lifelong contacts you stay in touch with throughout your career, so get started now to facilitate your job search efforts!

 

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