Monday, July 20, 2009

Jobs 101: How to build a business network in 24 hours!

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Jobs 101: How to build a business network in 24 hours!

One of the key elements of conducting a successful job is working your personal network of connections for jobs. Not everyone builds a massive Rolodex file of contacts as they go through their career, which will leave you at a disadvantage if you suddenly find yourself in a job search like so many people today.

So what to do if you are currently in this situation? Get started building a network today!

Here are three tips to help you get started with this process.

  1. Check out listings for professional organizations or groups you can join. In Tampa, you can find organizations like the Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber, the Pinellas County Urban League, the Independent Black Chamber, and the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce.
  2. Check out professional associations related to you career field. In Tampa, there are many organizations of this type including the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, HR Tampa and the Suncoast Human Resources Management Association (SHRMA) for HR professionals, and the Florida Public Relations Association amongst others.
  3. Use the networking web site Meetup to locate relevant groups. You will find groups both large and small on Meetup under a variety of topics. A quick search for Tampa shows some of the largest groups under the topic of "Business Networking" include the Brandon Networking Group, Monster Mixers in Largo, Business Collaborators Referral Networking, and Tampa Golf 4 Business Networking where networking is done while playing a round of golf! .

There are many similar groups out there. The only thing holding you back from building your network is you.

Get out there and get connected!

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