Friday, February 03, 2006

Networking Know-How

The very first job I ever had was as a waitress for a family owned Mexican restaurant in 1995. The owners of the restaurant just happen to be our next-door neighbors. I expressed my interest in wanting to work in their restaurant as soon as I turned 16. Once my birthday came and went I was offered the job. I worked at Aurora's Café during my junior and senior year of high school. Despite coming home smelling like refried beans everyday I really enjoyed working there. Within a couple of weeks time many of the usual customers started to request me to be their waitress. I was even able to get 3 of my friends a job at the restaurant too.

At 16 I had no idea what networking was. But now that I look back, that’s exactly what I was doing. How many of you reading this right now got your job from networking? If you are a job seeker I would highly recommend strolling over to Susan RoAne’s website. Susan is a best-selling author as well as a guest speaker at many lectures throughout the United States. Susan created a list called “The Top Traits of Savvy, Smart Networkers”. This list is made up of 66 traits that the best networkers possess.

Familiarize yourself with this list and start putting them into action. Building your network will increase your chances at finding that perfect job.

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