Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Networking is Important to your Job Search

Yesterday, the Charlotte Observer published a story about a local Charlotte job-search group that gathers to network and share job searching tips and stories.

With unemployment rates reaching highs not seen in decades, career experts say networking has become more important than ever. In the Charlotte region, new
networking and support groups are springing up, and old ones are seeing new
life. Employment experts estimate that more than 70 percent of jobs are found through personal contacts, such as those found at networking groups.

Of course, fewer companies are hiring nowadays. At local networking groups, there are few tales of quick success landing a new job.

But those who attend say the networks offer leads, tips, motivation and, most importantly, hope in tough times.

Read the full story here.

It's so true that our networks are some of the first places we look and a lot of the times the best place to find employment. Sometimes a networking group like this can help, as the article said, with motivation and hope. It's hard not to get discouraged sometimes when searching for a job, let alone when the economy is the way it is.

One of the best networking opportunities in the Carolinas is the North Carolina Job Seekers Group on LinkedIn, hosted by EmploymentGuide.com. If you are a member of LinkedIn, check out the group and network with others looking for a new career. If you are not a member of LinkedIn, you might consider joining this networking site.

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