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Career Networking: Ignore at Your Own Peril!

We love networking. We stress it's importance to all of our clients. Sometimes that message is received loud and clear, other times we wonder if people will follow through on their good intentions. But we always make the case for strong and consistent networking efforts for all of our military to civilian career changers. You just don't know how you'll find your next job, and a personal recommendation or bit of insider knowledge can be all that separates you from your next great career.

Okay, we've stated our point. But today we're going to share one of those made-for-our-blog news stories. This one is from the New York Times. The headline that caught our attention was, "In Hiring, a Friend in Need Is a Prospect, Indeed," and the entire article stresses the importance that having a friend, in other words a network, is in today's hiring process. Enjoy the article!


Networking for Veterans, by Veterans


 Have you heard of Rally Point? It's a new social networking site created by two military veterans. We know that you're probably thinking, "Another social networking site, really?" But Rally Point caught our eye and we wanted to share it with you.

What made Rally Point stand out for us wasn't it's massive, all-inclusive networking style, but rather it's exclusive focus on member of the military and veterans. While we would never advise transitioning veterans to limit their networks to military personnel and veterans only, we do encourage our clients to take full advantage of the relationships and contacts they created during their time in the military. As is described in our Transition Stories in Mission: Career Transition, military contacts can not only lead to your first job out of the service but they can also open up career and entrepreneurial opportunities years later. 

So, take a moment and visit Rally Point. It will probably become one of the platforms you use to develop your network and find your next career.


Will Your Facebook Profile Double as Your Resume?

We're not going to answer our own question, but it's an interesting (and increasingly likely) possibility. We'll explain why.

Facebook recently launched its "Social Jobs" App. Social Jobs aggregates job postings from many popular job boards and allows users to search for jobs based on various things, such as location, field, etc. This is all well and good; in fact it's standard stuff, really. Where Facebook's venture into job searching gets interesting is when you think about the fact that once an open job is found users can "like" it and companies can see who likes the various jobs. 

While it may be difficult to imagine HR departments checking out the profiles of people who "like" their job postings, the fact that a user could be singled out for that very reason begs the question, "Will your Facebook profile one day double as your resume?" And, "Should it now?"

The jury is still out on the above question, but there is no doubt that, with Facebook now in the job search arena, your profile will need to receive more attention than many job searchers previously thought.


What is Networking: Use LinkedIn to Build Your Reference List

Do you keep an updated list of potential references? Based on our career consulting experience we find that the most common answer is "no." It can be difficult to keep in touch with past supervisors and colleagues and it only takes a few years for detailed specifics about your work at the organization to get a bit fuzzy or lost. As such, quality references can be difficult to get.

Additionally, many job seekers we've worked with -- particularly those that are currently employed -- have simply put "References Available Upon Request" at the bottom of their resume. Inevitably, when they get the follow-up request for the actual contacts, they end up scrambling to find 2-3 people available to speak about their work. Calling up an old colleague or boss out of the blue to ask for a reference can be a bit off-putting -- for both you and the potential referrer.

This is where LinkedIn comes in handy.
The best time to ask for a reference from a previous colleague or supervisor is when you don't actually need one; when you have 4-6 months to make initial contact with an old colleague, connect on LinkedIn and casually request a recommendation. The best part about LinkedIn is that you can do it all online.

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