As many of you know, I write success stories and valuable tips on networking, how to write resumes, prepare for the interview, salary negotiating, volunteering and public speaking. This is the success story of Cal and how one of his networking contacts led him to his ideal job.

Cal just sold his small trucking business and wasn't quite sure how to apply networking to his job search.

He was looking for a Sales Manager position and found his opportunity through networking. This is what happened.

Cal's daughter, Annie, was a dental hygienist. She cleaned patient's teeth while networking for her dad. One day when she was networking with a patient in the dental chair, she discovered he was an acquaintance of one of her dad's buddies. "Don't you just love it when the dentist or dental hygienist asks you questions when your mouth is wide open, stuffed with dental tools?" Would you like to hear more? Read on … 

Annie told the patient that her dad was networking looking for networking contacts. She asked if he knew anyone in the construction industry. And he did. Cal was very excited about this new networking opportunity. The following week his networking contact emailed him the contact information.

He made a call for his first informational meeting, interviewed and received a job offer. Not just any offer.

The salary was $10K higher than he originally was looking for with a $85K base pay, $5K quarterly bonuses and full benefits, including the perks of fishing and hunting trips with clients which fit right into his ideal lifestyle. This position put Cal in the front runner group involved in acquisitions at the company. It was a very visible position with great potential for further advancement. He also was a candidate to network with another one of my clients, Dane as they both used the same vendors for different purposes. Quite a success story.

Are you a job seeker? What are you waiting for? Go out there and begin your own networking campaign.

This is a great opportunity to utilize Social Networking.

How? Go to LinkedIn. Select the companies you're interested in working for and set up your own informational meetings with the decision makers. You can also go to Twitter. Follow companies you're interested in on Twitter and join in the conversations. Let the internal employees and decision makers get to know you.

Networking is not about finding a job. It's about developing relationships with people. 

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