NetworkingIn your everyday interactions with friends, family and acquaintances, opportunities arise that could help you in your job hunt.
Some methods to increase your network include pursuing outside interests and activities like joining clubs, athletic organizations and professional organizations.
Another method is to attend community events and social functions. Becoming a volunteer in the community or volunteering to organize a community event can bring you in touch with lots of new people to add to your network.
Joining on-line communities like forums, newsgroups and chat rooms can bring your network to a global scale.
Once you've grown your Personal/Professional network, there are some courtesies that should be extended. It's very important that you stay in contact with your network from time to time. But don't be selfish! Don't just contact these people when you need something, remember they have needs and interests too.
Don't be afraid to ask your contacts for referrals. If your contact can't help you, maybe they know someone who can.
Finally, remember to adequately thank your contacts and send notes of appreciation to your network members who offered help and assistance in your job hunt.