Networking (Step Three)

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The Power of Direct Contact and Networking

When job seekers first contact GetFive, one of the most frequent questions we hear is, "How do I upgrade my current resume?" Many people who are beginning their job search believe a polished, professional resume is the only thing that stands between them and their next position

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Need a Job? Make Sure You're Networking the Right Way

You’ve heard the theory: the more people you ask about job openings, the more likely it is that you’ll eventually stumble into an open position. So you reach out to everyone you know and get referred beyond this circle. But this kind of networking won’t get you much job search traction. Your outreach should be more carefully crafted and executed.

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Networking Tips for Introverts

The annual Chamber of Commerce dinner is being held after work tonight. Does the idea of attending fill you with anticipation or dread? Extroverts love the opportunity to meet and greet, make connections, and chat with new people. It energizes them and revs them up. Introverts, not so much. Even the idea of a room...

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Beyond the Resume: Direct Contact and Networking Supercharge Your Job Search

A polished resume is an important tool in a job hunter's toolbox, but it's certainly not the only one required to build the pathway to discovering your dream job. That resume is of no use if it never makes it into the right hands. So how can you reach influential people who can have a...

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5 Job-Seeking Rules You Should Break Every Time

Some advice is obviously good: “Buy low, sell high.” “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” “Don’t use raw eggs when you first take up juggling.” Some job-seeking advice is also obviously good: “Network to build connections and relationships.” “Never sell yourself short.” However, there’s also a lot of really bad job advice...

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How to Network More Effectively

Many people mistakenly think that networking entails asking one person after another about job openings. These misguided people tend to think the more people they ask, the more likely they are to stumble onto something. But just talking to hundreds of people probably won’t give you much traction. The secret to effective networking involves crafting...

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Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Networking

Effective networking is a powerful tool for making valuable business connections and increasing your likelihood of finding your next great career move — whether a move is imminent or down the road. However, poor networking can be every bit as harmful to your career as good networking is beneficial. As you’re planning your next networking...

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The Truth About Holiday Hiring: Why and How to Kick Your Search Into High Gear

As we wind down the last few weeks of 2017, it’s easy for job hunters to feel a sense of anxiety and succumb to gloom and doom. At GetFive, we remind our members that there are good reasons to stay positive, even in the most difficult of times. If you are ready to give up...

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Avoiding the Proverbial “Black Hole”

If you ever read about how companies, as well as some of the big job boards such as Monster Worldwide and CareerBuilder, are making their applicant tracking systems more sophisticated in attracting job applicants, you would think the world of job hunting is becoming a lot like the world of online dating. While human resources...

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7 Simple Steps to an All-Star LinkedIn Profile

Do you have a LinkedIn profile simply because you're "supposed" to have one? If so, you could be missing out on your next big career opportunity. A minimal profile with lackluster information is only slightly better than having no profile at all. Instead, you can give yourself an edge by fully filling out information and...

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6 Ways to Debunk the “No One’s Hiring” Myth

No one claims looking for a job is easy. It requires a lot of work, and most of the time it might seem like you’re stuck in a dead end, going nowhere. It’s easy to despair in these situations and think the entire process is random. But it isn’t. The Five O’Clock Club method, in...

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Taking Your Cues From Others

Whatever the economic situation — whether the stock market is climbing or falling, companies are hiring, or the economy is slumping — one thing is certain: members of The Five O’Clock Club learn from one another. By taking their cues from TFC members who have tested the job market, landed interviews and even new jobs, other...

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The 3 Stages of Your Job Search

When you hear the question, “How is your job search going?” you’re likely to answer with a grumbling, “Well, I don’t have a job yet.” But at The Five O’Clock Club, we would never encourage you to answer the question like that. You may not have a job yet, but that doesn’t mean your search...

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How to Network During Your Job Search

We all know networking is an important part of conducting a job search. You can informally network by talking to family, friends and acquaintances who may know something about the area you’re targeting. Doing so provides a way to find out what skills are needed where, what jobs may be opening up, and where you might be...

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