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Networking can very often throw up the most remarkable opportunities at the most opportune time. It can really be a case of being in the right place at the right time for some people.
If you have developed an extensive network contact list you will be in the choice position of being able to penetrate circles of people who are in the know within the business community.
The reason you have developed all these contacts is in the hope that someone somewhere will give you a lead that will lead you to the position you have been searching for.
When such an opportunity does arise you may feel the need to look no further and put your energy into securing this position. However, donít be hasty. Always continue to seek out other opportunities and donít settle for the first thing to come your way. If you are wise you will continue on your course right up until you have the one you want securely in the bag.
Follow up all leads you have been given, even the ones you are non-committal about. If you fail to follow up a lead and a contact checks to see if the referral they gave you has been used, they will feel annoyed and frustrated that their time was wasted and you need expect no more help from that source.
Always observe common courtesy and write to thank any contact that has made themselves available to you. A letter of thanks written within two days of the visit will make a big impression on them. Furthermore do not neglect to provide them with feedback subsequently on the progress you have made.
All these tasks have a ripple effect on your job search and will enhance your networking skills and techniques.