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

  • Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview process with my CEO management opportunity. Karen helped and coached me to prepare myself for the interviews. With Karen's help and my experience I feel that it was a perfect fit for Me.  It's pretty awesome to come back to work in my home town and connect to the community again 2o years later.  It awesome to be close to my family and old friends. I'm happy and proud to say that I'm working for a company that values and cares for there employees. I feel like this is a great opportunity that will open doors for my future. Thank you for your time And big thank you to Karen, she is amazing! Ron G Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview processChief Experience Officer, BC
  • I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome! Always easy to reach via texts, emails and phone. It felt like Cara was on my side and wanted what was best for me. Wrote an amazing resume. She helped set me up with all my interviews, provided interview coaching to help me land the job. She also checked on me completely throughout my whole experience. The best part is how she kept in constant contact with me throughout the process, so I was never left wondering and was very supportive throughout the interview process. I'll definitely highly recommend her in the future! Sincerely, Andrea I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome!
  • "I was very lucky to get recruited by Cara and the Patrice and Associates team. From start to finish Cara made me feel like I was the right person for this new step in my career. She was very easy to talk to and brought the best out of me when it came to preparing for my interview. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition and this great opportunity would never have happened without Cara. Thanks!!" - Chuck A I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition
  • I must say at first I was a little skeptical on what Stephanie was doing with my resume but now after seeing the results I am so glad listened instead of reacting. I will definitely continue with this company and I've already started to recommend Stephanie and what she can and is more than willing to do for each individual.

    Eddie Zepeda I've already started to recommend Stephanie
  • During my 20+ years career in hospitality I had the opportunity to work either directly or indirectly with several recruiting firms and individuals. My most recent job search lead me to Bruce Leininger with Patrice and Associates. Bruce is one of those rare individuals who combines needs of the employer with knowledge and skills of the job seeker. He sees both perspectives, analyses where there is common ground between employer’s culture and applicant’s strengths, then delivers a candid assessment to both parties. Bruce was relentless in pursuit of job opportunities and in finding the “right fit” for my career profile. EVERYTHING that Bruce said and promised in his introduction to me was delivered, and even MORE! Most importantly I truly felt that Bruce was genuine, understanding and caring in regards to my specific needs and goals. As far as I am concerned when it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else. Ned Mirkovic, Hospitality General Manager When it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else.