Networking and Job Search
We use Networking to inform our friends, family, acquaintances, and others that we are looking for employment in a certain field.† Because many jobs are never advertised, it is to your advantage to make it known to everyone that you are actively seeking employment.† The following steps will help you use the MCIS site to gain insight on the art of Networking.
You should be logged into the MCIS home page before you begin this exercise.
Your screen will look something like this:
Donít forget to sign into your Portfolio!
1. Click on Job Search in the upper left hand corner.
2. Click on Step 5 - Locate Job Leads.
3. Click Identify Your Job Market and discover how to create a list of Job Leads.
4. Click Job Search Index to return to the Locate Job Leads Menu.
5. Click Networks and Other Job Source Leads to explore Who is Your Network, Networking goals, Questions to Ask, People or Agencies with Access to Jobs, Network or Public Sources, Schools, and Service Groups.
6. Click Job Search Index to return to the Job Leads Menu.
7. Click Search for Job Leads on the Internet and read through the following topics:†
8.† Click Home to return to your Portfolio Main Menu.
8. When finished, list five things that you plan to do in the next two weeks to get the word out that you are looking for employment and explore employment opportunities.† Include making an appointment with a local employer for an Informational Interview.† Take the list of Questions to Ask with you.
As part of your networking efforts, you need to target key people and places as resources for job leads.† Among these key resources are:
†††††††††††††††††† Your local job service and other job placement agencies
†††††††††††††††††† Family members
†††††††††††††††††† Friends and acquaintances
†††††††††††††††††† Bulletin boards in private and public institutions
†††††††††††††††††† Newspaper Ads
†††††††††††††††††† Temporary Employment Agencies
†††††††††††††††††† Local companies that you contact about job openings