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Job Search Networking: How To Create A List Of Warm Contacts

Are you looking to find a job fast or one locally? Or are you planning to change your field of work altogether, which makes your previous job experience redundant?

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One of the best ways to find a job locally or in a new field is to ask for help from family, relatives and friends – people who belong to your warm contact list. A warm contact list is the list of people with whom you have or had some personal association.

A former classmate, officemate or neighbor may belong to your warm contact list. You can contact these people to ask for information on current job openings, business opportunities and tips on how to apply for a job.

Here’s who you might include in your list of warm contacts.

  • Relatives and Friends

You will usually find your relatives and friends are always willing to help you in your job search or business venture.  They will be able to provide you information if they have some, or refer you to trustworthy people who will be able to help you.

If they introduce you to some of their contacts, they can provide accurate information about the person you are going to contact and can even provide a referral to help you get the job.

  • Members Of Your Religious Group, Political Party, Social Club, Gymnasium Or Fraternity

This might seem an unusual source, but people who share the same faith, beliefs, hobbies or social clique can also help you find a job. You may have a different career from theirs, but they might know somebody who is in the same field or will be able to help you in your career.

However, depending on your level of association with them, they may think twice about giving their opinion or thoughts about their contacts.  Their opinion can sometimes help you plan your strategy on how to approach and ask for help from their contacts.

  • People Who Sell You Things

You may think that your relationship with people you do business with is solely based on trading goods and services.  However, people who sell you things are also great sources of information when networking.

Since these people sell their goods to many different people, they may have met with somebody who belongs to the same field as you do, or have heard information about your dream job from other clients.

They will also be happy to help you as they know that maintaining a good relationship with you makes you more likely to do business with them again or reciprocate by referring someone to them.  Also, having a good job increases your purchasing power, which could also mean you will buy more goods and services from them.

  • Former Classmates, Employers, Colleagues Or Co-Workers

Maintaining a good relationship with former classmates, employers and colleagues has more benefits than you can imagine.  This is the reason most people try their best to iron out any difficulties with their previous employers even if they are no longer associated with the company.

Aside from the possibility that your potential new employer will call previous employers for a referral when they review your job history, former employers and colleagues are also a good source of information related to that field.

When you ask for help from family and friends, there is always the possibility that they may not be able to give you first-hand or detailed information unless they also work in the same field that you came from or plan to get into.

When you consult former employers and colleagues from the same sector, they will also be able to provide you with valuable information about new opportunities, or clarify information and answer your questions.

  • Members Of Your Professional Organization

If you belong to a professional organization related to the field in which you are looking for a job, you can ask them about current job postings from members.  If you don’t belong to any, consider joining one since this will be beneficial to your career growth.

A professional organization can provide you unbiased information on current job openings from its members, give you details on the company profile, and even on current market and career trends.

When creating a list of your warm contacts, these are the most important people you can include.  It is better if you contact them all so you can increase your options in your job search.  When you talk to them, tell them that you are actively seeking a job.


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