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Tell us what you think about best taking advantage of your networking contacts, as featured in Thursday's Career Advice e-newsletter. How have you used your contacts to get an interview or a job? Has it ever backfired?

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Making the Most of Contacts

by tlef In reply to Taking advantage of conta ...

I have found personal networking an incredibly successful and powerful way to find a job. My most successful method for obtaining an interview is merely to call someone that was referred to me by an associate, and ask them for a few minutes of their time to explore a "day in the life" of their profession. I recently did this for a new career path and found the person receptive to speaking to me--first, because they knew and thought highly of the person who referred me to them, and second because they enjoyed talking about themselves and their profession. Of course in the back of their mind (it was a sales position), I am sure lingering there were thoughts of a)maybe this will be a new, useful contact (i.e. new sale) and b) maybe this person may be a new recruit. In any event, I not only gained valuable insight into a new field, but I landed a job interview!

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contact should be a benefit

by m2c2 In reply to Taking advantage of conta ...

If the company has a recruiting bonus for it's
employees, it is in the contact's best interest
to deliver the resume as quickly as possible.

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Do not trump your internal contact!

by tjh In reply to contact should be a benef ...

At every company I have been asociated with, resumes sent to a hiring manager always take priority over resume's submitted via other methods (including sending them diretly to the hiring manager). Naturally, the better placed your internal contact,the more attention your resume will be given.

A word of warning, in cases where an hiring bonus is paid, if an internal contact submits your resume and you also submit one on your own behalf, you could easily be excluded from the hiring process since HR will not want to be placed in the position of deciding if an internal hiring bonus should be paid.

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