By:  John Holmgren

“MAN!  I have to have a job!  Someone said that Networking helps.  I’ll try it.”

Networking is critical!  Statistics show 70%+ of the best jobs come from word-of-mouth recommendation: In other words, networking.  Friends help friends.

However, when thinking about networking, most folks will tell a few people they think won’t tell anyone that they are looking for work!

You need a job. Contact fellow workers, managers, teachers, friends, bankers.  Don’t be shy.

It’s all math. The bigger your network, the better your chance of finding employment.

Ask EVERYONE you talk with for an additional contact.

An unsolicited resume seldom works.  Why?

You’re hiring.  Would you interview a recommended candidate or a total stranger?

There’s a stack of resumes.  You stand out by being the recommended candidate!

It is THE way your resume gets on top of the stack.

Focus on target industries where you want to work.  Who do you know in those industries, even vaguely?  Networking is contacting someone who knows someone.


  • Business & trade organizations
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Charities & social service organizations; Jaycees, Rotary,
  • Clubs & associations
  • Former company alumni associations
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Friends, family, former employers, fellow workers
  • Labor Unions
  • Networking groups in your community or industry
  • Newspapers, industry journals, web pages for news and leads
  • Online organization searching; online contacts
  • Outplacement services
  • Professional associations like National Association of CPAs,
  • Recruiters; employment agencies; executive search consultants
  • Religious organizations
  • Schools: colleges & universities; special education; alumni placement offices; adult & continuing; business & vocational; industrial / technical / trade; medical
  • Senators, Representatives, Mayors
  • Social networking: Facebook; LinkedIn; Twitter; become an “expert”
  • State Employment Security
  • Target company web sites
  • Temporary job agencies; many full time jobs begin there
  • Unemployed support groups local and on-line
  • Veteran & military organizations

Good luck and Cheers, John