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With the upcoming election, we are hearing more and more about the
need to increase jobs. If you are among the 12.1 million Americans who
are out of work, continuous networking is key. Because forking out
dollar after dollar to attend conferences and events weekly isn’t
feasible for someone who needs to be earning money, the obvious option
is social networking. LinkedIn
is a great option for connecting with friends, former colleagues and
their connections who can possibly introduce you to your future boss. To
further your reach, consider joining discussion groups and actively
participating. Not only can you meet new connections, but the groups
often include job listings or upcoming opportunities. The following are
six groups to to consider joining right now.
1. Jobs 2.0:
A discussion group that includes the latest tips for finding employment
online, join this group to get advice from career experts and interact
2. Your College’s Official Alumni Group: Find your
college’s alumni group and join now. As the University of California
Santa Barbara’s alumni group writes, job seekers can “expand their
influence, networking, business and career opportunities.” To join your
college colleagues, do a search on LinkedIn for your university, and
look for the keyword “official” to make sure you’re choosing the real
group and not one of the many unofficial alumni groups.
3. Companies You’ve Worked For: Similar to your
college alumni group, join any groups affiliated with your current or
former employer. It’s a great way to stay connected for a future
recommendation or see where past co-workers are working now, as you may
want to join them.
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