Admitting you network is the first step
You hear it time and time again. Networking is the best way to get hired, but can serve other purposes when times are tough. In Charlotte, North Carolina, some people are also using networking as a means to get support and build self-esteem. Job losses in the region have been higher than the national average.
Not sure where to start networking? Try Meet Up to see if there might be any groups who meet for professional development in your field of interest.
What are your 25 Random Job Skills? The question to watch for in your next interview
You can also try online social networking like Facebook and LinkedIn. Facebook has been getting buzz for everything from its stock price to its number of possible roaming sexual predators. But if the phenom of "25 Random Things" proves anything, it's that the tool can spread messages worldwide at astounding speed. If only it could do that for your resume....
But, as ABC News comments, maybe it's best to imitate the means but not the format of this trend in your job search:
What's next, a 25 Random Reasons Why You Should Hire Me cover letter sent to a potential employer? I'm sure this one has already been tried, along with a text message follow up.
LinkedIn working for you?
From The Examiner.com:
LinkedIn is without question the most powerful tool for online job seeking and networking. There are literally hundreds of creative ways to network, promote yourself and look for job opportunities.
Anyone out there with major success stories from LinkedIn? Did connecting with old colleagues/friends/acquaintances help you to score a job? I would love to hear your story…