Searching For A Job? Start By Looking For Former Colleagues - Rich-Model Rich-Model.com.comby Lucy Mr lucys
A former colleague may be able to provide a strong reference, good recommendation or even a positive referral that can help you get your foot in the door.
Most people work for several different companies throughout their professional career. When you think back on all the people youve worked with at each of your previous positions, you are likely to discover a large number of individuals who could be part of your current professional network. One of the biggest concerns people express when debating whether or not to reach out to someone from their past is how that person will react. You may not have talked to former coworkers for many years, but relax, they havent contacted you either. People lose touch for a variety of reasons: new jobs, growing families, moves to different states and the hectic pace of life. The good news is that most people are happy to hear from old friends and colleagues. They are likely to be just as happy to hear from you as you are from them - and to add you to their own professional network.Before you start reaching out to people, take a little time to consider the feelings and possible reactions of others. If you are only asking for a favor, you may not get a very warm reception. Take a moment to talk with each person, explain your situation, ask for tips and suggestions, express your gratitude to those who offer help of any kind, and remember that networking works both ways be willing to help others when you can.If its been a long time since youve talked to the people you once worked with, you may need to start by finding them online. A good place to begin is with a Google search, but sometimes the number of results you get back can be overwhelming. Another option for finding colleagues is to use a networking website such as Linked In. This site is used by millions of business professionals throughout the world. If you have your own profile, you can search for people you worked with directly or indirectly and invite them to join your professional network. Linked In also provides an option for people who once worked together to write recommendations for each other, which can be another useful resource for job seekers.Of course not everyone has a profile on a business networking site, but you can also find former colleagues using a People Search website like PeopleFinders.com. This is a site that provides public records, and it can be used to obtain current addresses, phone numbers and other contact information.Once you have found people from your past, spend a little time catching up, but also let them know your situation. Dont expect anyone to have the perfect job just waiting for you, but you never know who may be able to help with a suggestion, insider tip or a good reference.
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