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March 28, 2011

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I agree that volunteering is a great way to network, as is being a part of professional organizations.

Overall, I think you need to keep all doors open at all times. Don't burn bridges, and always return phone calls from headhunters and such. You never know what opportunity is waiting for you.

I agree with the previous poster, don't forget recruiters and headhunters! A trustworthy recruiter can be a great asset in your job search.

As for LinkedIn, I think that it is a great way to keep track of all your contacts on a professional basis. As you go through life, keep adding people and letting them know what is going on. I could definitely see how having a good network on LinkedIn could help you find a new position. This week, I posted a blurb about a position that a friend's company has but isn't posting to a job board. Now, all of my contacts know that I have a lead on a potential job that they otherwise would not know about.

It is also a good place to have a public resume and another place on the web that potential employers can find you. LinkedIn also tends to place high in Google searches, so it is one more page that has your name in a way that you can control. My company put an ad out for a position recently; we rejected one resume that looked promising because of what we read on the internet about him.

Great article. There are so many leads out there -- serious job hunters need to explore all their options.

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