How to Turn Contacts into Network Contacts

Give it to them straight. Call them (or visit in person), let them know that you are currently searching for a job as a _____(your Ten Second Sound Bite), ask them if they will help by being part of your personal network, and ask if you can send a copy of your resume to them for their advice and input. After they receive the resume, call them back to ask for their advice regarding your resume and any recommendations they may have with regard to potential employer contacts. Then utilize some of the following techniques to strengthen and expand your network of contacts.