According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. Networking is the use of your personal and business relationships to discover new job opportunities, many of which might never be posted online.
The Plano Chamber of Commerce offers high-speed networking to expand your business contacts. Check the Chamber calendar for dates.
Alumni associations offer networking opportunities as well as on-campus job interviews, career counseling and mentors. Please contact the alumni department of your college or university to discover what they have to offer.
Glassdoor lists millions of current job openings and allows a jobseeker to connect with previous co-workers. Jobseekers can research companies and read current and past employee reviews of a company.
Linkedin is the largest professional social network that allows job seekers to connect with colleagues and find mentors in their field. After a free registration to join the site, one can find professionals within a particular company.
Twitter is a service for friends and co-workers to communicate in 140 characters or less. Once a person joins twitter, he or she can follow messages or “tweets” from potential employers and recruiters.
Facebook is another social media service that can used for networking. Just make sure everything on your page is something you would want a potential employer to see!
Frisco Connect is a networking and skill building meeting for those in job transitions. Meetings frequently have representatives from area corporations looking to hire new employees.
St. Jude Career Alliance – Allen helps develop career strategies for college students, career builders and unemployed people. They provide a training and development opportunities, networking, and support group opportunities.
If any one is interested in participating, the planning committee meets monthly (6 p.m., the first Monday of the month at St. Jude).
Search the Plano Public Library Online CATALOG for books and e-books about networking.