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Tap Friends of Friends to Make Educated Decisions

Some of the most valuable people in job searching have been those I've known only casually. They aren't people I networked with in order to find new jobs; rather, they're resources I used to determine whether or not particular jobs I already had my eye on would be a good fit for my goals. While networking to find new jobs is a priceless tool, sometimes it's not the job you need help with, but getting more information in order to make an educated decision.

When you're looking for a new job, ask your friends and relatives if they know anyone in your industry of interest. After you've been introduced in person or through email, ask the industry insider any question that isn't too personal to them. For example, ask them to describe the organizational aspects of companies in the industry, what it takes to succeed, what you can expect in the positions you've been offered or have applied for, if there's seasonal business, etc.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i do agree that it's alla bout who you know, not necessarily what you know. i've been known to ask 'random' people for insights into their job - since they are more likely to tell you the truth rather than tell you what you would want to hear. they don't know what you're fishing for when you ask questions, so you'll get a more objective response.
Rini Rini 8 years
Contacts are always helpful! If anything, they are great for providing you more information so that you can work on any professional gaps you might have so that you can become a stronger candidate.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
It's WHO you know :)
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