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Since 70% of jobs are found through networking, I track my networking as close as I do my job applications.
I have an Excel spreadsheet with all my networking.
One column gives the date of contact. One column is for type of contact (email, phone, face-to-face)
One column lists contact's name
One column is a summary of what happened, news.
One column lists follow up actions.
One column lists who is to follow up (waiting for news from contact or if I need to follow up or none needed)
In my job search of 5.5 months for 2010 I made 293 contacts of which 84 were face-to-face informational interviews. I found a job networking, but that job went away in Nov. 2010. So I tracked again in my new job search. I found a job in 3.5 months and my job search networking was 104 contacts of which 48 were informational interviews.
Additionally, I send out monthly emails to all my contacts with a summary of my job search. I talk about companies I've applied to, new interests that are professionally related. This reminds my contacts I'm still looking so if they hear of something or see something, they will think of me. No news for too long makes the network grow cold. Also, little bits of information about your job search gets warm words of encouragement from family, friends and ex-colleagues which is important during the job search.
Finally, this shows anyone who might be considering a position that you are organized. How many job descriptions ask for "organized"?
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