Love it or hate it, there's always room for improvement when it comes to networking. [TWEET]

Whether you’re a shy or bold job seeker, there are many ways to network! These days online networking via social media sites is a huge resource. However, don’t forget that always having an updated resume, an elevator pitch, and a positive attitude can do wonders when interacting with others in the search for your dream job. Our resume writers weighed in with their best job search networking tips and there seems to be a common theme:

TopResume writer, Lauren P.

LinkedIn is a fantastic online tool. It's specifically geared towards connecting with past and present colleagues that one might not want to interact with on other social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. It's also a great place for people that never published before to author articles, as anyone can use LinkedIn to do this and published works are a great addition to a resume or CV. Networking through mutual contacts and face-to-face interactions is always valuable. It never hurts to join professional organizations, attend networking events and conferences, and confer with like-minded professionals. It’s also good to tag along with current colleagues that invite you out to lunch or dinner with a former coworker of theirs; it's a less formal and more organic way to connect and one never knows where these interactions may lead! It may also serve a client well to reconnect with old mentors and former supervisors to see if they have any potential ideas for searching or any leads.

TopResume writer, Carrie M.

Volunteer! Go into every networking event with an attitude of service, remain curious, do not appear self-serving, always have business cards and resumes, prepare an elevator speech that you LIKE and can say enthusiastically. Do not complain or be negative.

TopResume writer, Mark S.

Facebook and LinkedIn are your best friends.

TopResume writer, Keith F.

LinkedIn really is magic, I have heard numerous success stories of applicants getting their dream jobs thanks to a little old-fashioned networking.

TopResume writer, Cheryl P.

Talk about your job campaign everywhere. Never ask someone to help you get a job or for a job, but mention you are looking and if they hear of anything appropriate, please let you know. Keep your business cards for job seekers handy and give them to everyone… the person in the grocery line that you are chatting with, the guy sitting next to you at a ballgame. You never know where a lead may come from. Attend social gatherings, local clubs, networking clubs, Chamber of Commerce events… hand out your business cards and talk with people. Utilize LinkedIn and other on-line resources, and target companies of interest rather just answering ads.

TopResume writer, Joanna I.

Talk to everyone. Don't be afraid to strike up conversations wherever you go if you’re on the hunt. Carry business cards with you – you never know who you’ll meet who might know someone who knows someone who’s looking for someone with your skills. Always have that elevator pitch ready.

Do you have the following ready to go: business cards for job seekers, updated professional materials, and an elevator pitch? Nice! Next, reach out to people, get out there, and be social! You never know whom you'll meet and where a new lead could lead you in your job search.

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