Job Seekers Rely on Internet Too Much

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Washington — April 22
“The stronger your network, the shorter your job search,” say the authors of a new downloadable product called “Job Hunt: 50 Tips.” Networking gurus Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon warn: “Job hunters are spending way too much time on the Internet and not enough time making the face-to-face contacts that will lead them to their next job.”

A recent study by career services firm DBM reports that 61 percent cited networking as the source of their new jobs, while only 6 percent found jobs through Internet job sites and print ads. ExecuNet reports that 70 percent of their survey respondents found jobs through networking.

So with about two-thirds of white-collar jobs found through networking, people looking for work need all the networking smarts they can muster. The 50 bite-sized bits of wisdom in “Job Hunt” give job hunters the rules and tools for making contact. The tips help networking novices build their list of contacts and coach the well-connected to get maximum benefit from their network.

“Job Hunt: 50 Tips” can be purchased as an iPhone app at the Apple store for $2.99 or as a downloadable PDF booklet at http://www.contactscount.com/jobhunt.html for just $3.99.

The tips include:

  • Reach back to people you’ve lost touch with.
  • What to do and say in the six kinds of networking relationships.
  • Avoid the “ho-hum” conversation.
  • Get ready for a networking event.

There’s even a script for a stay-in-touch call and cautions to help you avoid “networking turn-offs.”

Each tip includes a page number, so job seekers can find additional information on the topic in Baber and Waymon’s book, Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success.

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