Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

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With the Internet there are so many opportunities to make connections with people that there is simply no excuse for not having a good network. You can virtually meet people from all over the world or you can focus on meeting local people online that you can later set up a face to face meeting with.

The biggest mistake that job searchers tend to make when they are job searching is that they forget to make it known that they are looking for a job. They are often afraid to ask for help. As a result, they do not get help.

Once you have made a connection with someone online these are the steps you should take:

  1. Introduce yourself and tell them why you are interested in connecting with them. You could tell them you are interested in the life of a medical assistant or that you are learning as much as possible about the field of software technology or that you want to connect with people that are experienced in their industry.
  2. Follow them through whatever means you have made connection. What do they talk about? Do they have a web site or a blog? What company do they work for? What position do they hold in the company?
  3. Ask them a question based on what you know about them. Get the conversation started.
  4. After several emails, when you feel that you have built a good rapport, ask them if they know if there are any positions opening up in their company that might be suited for you. Or ask them for an introduction to someone that is in the personnel department.

Remember that incentive to get the job is rarely faulted. Most people are happy to help a motivated person. However, you should also always remember to be polite, don’t be pushy, and don’t take personally if they are unwilling or unable to help you.