Job Search and Personal Relationships

Personal connections are the key to finding a job. Most individuals, who enter into a job search, feel it will just be a matter of time before they have more than one opportunity to consider. You then realize that it’s not going to be easy and often applying for jobs postings end up being a complete waste of time. Too often, thousands of other people are applying for the same positions and they might be more qualified than you.

Take time today, to realize your job search can turn around if you begin to focus on the human factor of your efforts. Make a commitment today to rebuild your personal network. Join groups of people who enjoy similar hobbies or interests and begin to meet new people. When you let these new contacts know about your job search, you will begin to hear about jobs before they are advertised. This is the truest form of networking.

Too often job seekers think they need to attend a function and exchange business cards. A broader view of networking is creating a pool of contacts from which you can draw leads, referrals, ideas and information for your job search while you are also sharing information. Some of the most effective networking you can accomplish can be done without ever attending an official networking event. Volunteering is another powerful networking tool. When you are volunteering your time at events you are meeting other individuals who are employed and could provide you with a personal recommendation because of the work they have observed you do through your volunteerism.

The key is to find two or three organizations or non-profits that have the right mix of people. Go back to these groups repeatedly to establish your reputation and rapport. Send people a note after meeting them and find out what you have in common. Building relationships with new people takes effort, time and tenacity but it is those relationships that are the core of effective networking and will pay off much more than sitting behind a computer competing with hundreds of other job seekers for posted opportunities.

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I would like to personally thank Ken for all his help in helping me to find a job. On June 1st I was released from my job of 11 years. I was unsure of what my next steps would be. I haven't been through an interview in years and I felt like I was unprepared. Ken took the time to help me step by step. He first gathered all my personal information and work history. He built a resume from all of that information and articulated my accomplishments in a way I never could have. He sent me tips on what to wear, questions to ask, and called after my interviews to see how it went. He gave me support and encouragement when I was at my absolute lowest. I couldn't have asked for a better recruiter! Thank you again Ken! Thanks, Again, KenGeneral Manager, Logan's Road House, Chattanooga TN
  • Ken Schreifels was a great help during the whole process from start to finish. He was with me every step of the way with tips and words of encouragement. If I had any questions or concerns, no matter what time of day it was, he was there to answer it. I would recommend Ken to anyone. Thank you, William  I Would Recommend Ken to Anyone Looking for a New JobGeneral Manager, Fuddruckers, New Jersey
  • David Israel was a pleasure to work with and was instrumental in helping me find an excellent career opportunity .

    David was extremely professional and took the time to really listen to where I was in my career and what I was looking for. As a result of the work he did to connect me with the right opportunity, I was able to obtain a great starting salary and great benefits as well. I would highly recommend David’s services to both job seekers and employers. Josh Axmacher David Israel was a pleasure to work with!
  • Tim was nothing but helpful from the start!

    I was originally contacted by Tim as a reference for someone who used to work for me. He must have recognized that I myself was a good fit, because within a few minutes the conversation turned to me applying for the job.  He was always pushing for me. He was there to help with everything, every step of the way, and was in constant communication. He played a massive role in me landing an amazing job with an even better company. I can't stress enough how awesome this guy was. Tim will coach you through the entire process and be your biggest advocate. He has a lifetime of experience and knows exactly what companies are looking for. A+, 10/10, two thumbs up, 5-stars. Thanks for everything Tim! Brock Kinley Tim was nothing but helpful from the start
  • Tim was very patient and thorough when going through the process of trying to find employment for me and my skills. I appreciate the time and effort he put in for me and I would recommend Tim Walker & Patrice and Associates to anyone looking for great opportunities. Carolyn Floyd Tim was very patient & thorough!
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