The absolute easiest job search networking tool is one of the least used.
To network, you have to communicate. To communicate comfortably you have to have a reason. The most overlooked reason is to say, “Thank you.”
Do you think this is too easy? Do too many people do it? When was the last time you received a thank you note? When was the last time you sent a thank you note?
The hardest part at first is noticing things you can be thankful for. Did someone help you directly? Indirectly? Did you get an answer you needed? Is there a leader who has shaped your industry? Did someone give your friend some help? Did someone just talk to you on the phone?
Long, flowery notes are NOT necessary, and actually less helpful. Some people take a long “thank you” as shameless self promotion. A one line thank you by email or on paper is all that is necessary. So few people send a thank you note, that you will stand out no matter how short the message.
Keep track of everyone you send a thank you to. Write it in the networking section of your job journal.
All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. (King)
Now is the time to build your network. The receptionist at any company will give you either a mailing address or an email address. You know how to write. Write one thank you note every day. Start now.
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Send a thank you note on paper or through email. See if you can send 5.
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