Build Your Job-Search Network with Text Messages

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<p><strong>Boston &mdash; June 12</strong><br />College and high school graduates of the class of 2007 launching job searches can use technology they both like and are comfortable with &mdash; instant messaging and text messaging &mdash; to build their career networks, according to ClearRock, an outplacement and executive coaching firm in Boston.<br /><br />College and high school graduates who already have their friends, classmates and family in their instant and text messaging contacts can enlist help from one another in building their job-search networks.<br /><br />Networking with friends and other people who can help in your search is the most effective way to find employment, accounting for more than 70 percent of successful job searches, according to ClearRock.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;Some grads may be uncomfortable with making networking contacts or don&#39;t feel they know enough people with whom to build a network,&rdquo; said Annie Stevens, ClearRock managing partner.</p><p>Greg Gostanian, ClearRock managing partner, agreed.</p><p>&ldquo;A networking contact is someone you know who can help you, or who knows someone else who can,&rdquo; Gostanian said. &ldquo;Instant and text messaging contacts can aid in finding additional people.&rdquo;<br /><br />IM and texting exchanges also can assist in identifying often-overlooked networking contacts.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;They include people such as doctors, dentists, clergy, hair stylists, mechanics and others who may not initially come to mind when building a job-search network,&rdquo; Stevens said. &quot;Although it&#39;s acceptable to text your personal contacts to aid in building a job-search network, it&#39;s not advisable to use text messaging when asking for a networking meeting or job interview with someone you don&#39;t know well. <br /><br />&ldquo;Even if you obtain someone&#39;s text address, do not make first contact this way &mdash; send an e-mail or use the phone. Unsolicited text messages from an unknown person may be unwelcome, and this wouldn&#39;t be a good way to start off a networking relationship with someone you want to help you find a job. Use instant and text messaging primarily to get in touch with your contacts to build your career network further.&rdquo;<br /><br />Text and instant messaging to expand your job-search network shouldn&#39;t only be limited to just recent high school and college grads.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;Job hunting is a time-consuming process that can be very frustrating,&quot; Gostanian said. &quot;People should use technologies they like to make a job search less of an effort and more like social networking.&quot; </p>

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