Tend To Your Relationships
This is the most important thing you can do, and the most important piece of advice I can give anyone that is looking for a job, or not looking for a job. Tend to your relationships.
You should always be building your network of friends and colleagues, but you should be especially mindful of doing so when you are looking for work. To be truthful, sometimes, networking with new folks when you need them most might be "too little, too late." You know, kind of like going to church only on Christmas and Easter Sunday...or going when you "find religion" only after the diagnosis that you have 6 months left to live.
Don't get me wrong, even if you don't believe in the afterlife or a divine being or whatever...there is a school of thought that goes like "what if all those people are right - why take a chance?" As for myself, I am a reformed Catholic and a former altar boy. I have been to the puppet show and seen the strings. If you are religious and like to go to church, more power to you. To quote Mickey Knox from "Natural Born Killers,"
I used to be you. Then I evolved.
Let's just say that is a different rant for a different day and move on, shall we?
I think networking is similar to religion in this way. Even if networking with new folks, when you are looking for work, is not going to pay dividends this time around, it is never a bad thing. Furthermore, it gets your name out there, not only as someone that needs help but as someone that is WILLING TO HELP OTHERS.
I cannot stress that point enough. Do not just tell people what you want and what you are looking for. Sure, that is important. You are, after all, the one that is out of work. However, make a point to let everyone you talk to know that you are willing to assist others as well. And then, DO IT. Talk the talk, and then walk the walk. If you help others, believe me, it will come back around. Even if it doesn't, you are doing a good thing.
It's like a garden. Spend the time tending to your existing relationships, and planting new ones, and you will see the rewards down the line.
Check out part 3 HERE