MY CONTACTS Tips

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When you are using CareerShift.com to develop networking contacts inside an organization, you may want to use a few of these tips: (1) Say you find a Sales job in My Jobs that you are interested in. Click on the “Find Contacts at This Company” link and you will probably find close to 100 contacts at that company (As I mentioned before, some of the contacts may be gone from the company but are still listed as being there. CareerShift.com still has the most current info on the web though).You can then narrow your people search at that company by typing a key word or two into the “Title” box such as Sales or Human Resources. This will take out all the Board Members, and other folks that you really wouldn’t network with anyway. This narrowing of the search will save you time…………time that you can now spend on the phone trying to find some employees at the appropriate level of the company that you can “connect” with and see if they will act as your ambassador, or sponsor, and get your resume on the top of the pile. Remember, people generally like to help people. Remember to have a CONCISE MESSAGE you are ready to deliver when you finally start talking to contacts within your targeted company. An example: “Hi, my name is Mark Matta and I have recently found a job listed by your company on the Internet. I found your contact information online and I was wondering if you could give me a few tips on how you were successfully able to join XYZ Company in the Sales department. I’m a new grad, as you were probably were one day, and realize I could really use advice.” BANG, you’re off and running. Remember, get some courage and ask for the job. Ask them if you could send them your resume and would they please get it into the hands of the hiring manager. This really works. (2) How do you find a person’s email address if it appears that email addresses are not listed for your targeted companies employees? Well, this seems to work for me, but it will take a few minutes. Go thru the total list of company employees (not the narrowed list I mentioned in tip # 1) and look for titles such as “Public Relations”, “Investor Relations”, “Community Affairs”, …….. These are people that need to make themselves accessible to the general public and typically you will find at least one email of a company employee listed. From that email address, you will be able to figure out other employees email addresses that are not listed. Talk with you again soon.

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Val Matta
Val Matta
Val Matta is the co-owner and leader of business development at CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution for companies, outplacement firms, job seekers and university career centers. You can connect with her and the CareerShift team on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, LinkedIn.