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We've all heard that, although the internet is packed full of job listings, it is better to focus on networking your way to a job. As our career coach Julie Jansen always reminds us, 80% of jobs now are found through networking versus online boards. However, we can also all acknowledge that networking can be intimidating and stressful. But it's really all in how you look at it.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on taking your job search offline that gives networking an entirely new perspective. The author profiled a woman who found her job at the United Nations by talking with people with whom she already had a personal relationship, including mentioning her job search to her tango dance class partners. As she explained, "I learned that it's all about relationship building, that exchange and being creative. And it helps when it's a more genuine connection as opposed to just networking, which has such a loaded connotation."
The WSJ also goes on to offer some great suggestions for tapping into these already-existing connections you have, starting with expanding your network beyond industry peers: talk to other parents picking up their kids at day-care, join a committee, keep in touch with fellow alumni. You never know who could be a great resource.