ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Keeping connected in an Uncertain Job Market

Updated on March 20, 2009

In an Uncertain Job market

Everyone is saying that you need to network to find a job, but if you hate networking, how do you do it! Few people get jobs by just e-mailing resumes, especially in this tough times. Most likely you will find that "next job" though someone you know.

This might sounds like you have to use people to achieve selfish goals, or pathetically ask for help, or like that "needy person" you don't want to portrait yourself being. The truth is, that is not the case. NETWORKING can be done honestly and truthfully, and it can help other people as much as it helps you. NETWORKING, is also called - "this deliberate process of making connections for mutual benefits".  When asking for help, request specific information or advice rather then leads for jobs, and both parties will feel more comfortable that way.

If you came to realization that NETWORKING is something you should have done all along, when you find yourself out of a job you might think that is to late to start building your Network! Is that too late? not really. There is no "statue of limitation on networking"

Start making a list of all the people you knew all along, even if you didn't stay in touch with some for a long time, former co-workers, other contacts can range from high school friends to parents of your children's soccer teammates. Then extend to your family, friends, neighbours. Get in touch with them and if in the same area, suggest coffee or a chat live on the Internet. Make sure they understand what you did in your career and what are you looking for - make room for some flexible adjustment in what you want or can do!

Now about expanding your network, there are certain venues you can follow. Enjoy an association in the field where you want to be hired and get a position for your next job, also consider joining a job-hunting club in the area. Take a class at a Technical institute, join a Health club or could be an online group of your interest.

Do your homework!

start building your network any time
start building your network any time

How to make the most of it?

Once you decided to attend a professional networking event, the worst thing you can do is stick out your hand and say: "Hi, I'm looking for a job!" - because people don't know how to respond to it. Build up good rapport first, and find that one or two people you feel you connect with. Engage in conversation in a natural way to establish mutual interests. Don't try to solve a problem that day, at that moment. If asked about your job, casually say that you are looking for something, - without making a big deal about it!

The question of the day is...

HOW has Technology changed the networking process?

A technology component is no longer optional in a job search; social networking sites like Linkedin, Twitter or Facebook offer effective ways to do research on people, companies, helping you discover if you know people inside a company, to reconnect with potential contracts and to establish online presence.

If you consider to have a profile in any of those pages, do not expect the "MAGIC" to happend. Also be careful of not spending too much time on line. However, use your online research to lead to offline meetings, because it is still the face-to-face networking that tends to seal the deal.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • ccdursina profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolina Dursina 

      9 years ago from Spring Green WI

      I had a lot of fun writing this one!

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      9 years ago from New Brunswick

      Good tips,thanks.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)