How to Network Your Way to Your Next Job

NetworkingDepending on the industry you work in, networking can be your bread and butter to finding a new job. No matter where you’re at in your career, giving yourself the opportunity to meet new people and get out of your comfort zone can do so much for your future. Whether you love your job or are looking for a new one, networking your skills should always be a priority. Here are some steps you can take to network in fun and easy ways!


Your LinkedIn is one of the first steps you can take to network with like-minded professionals. It’s the one social platform solely focused on connecting career professionals and showing off your work skills in a fun and interactive way. If you’re looking for a new job or just wanting to connect, LinkedIn is the right tool for you. For every 3 people, one of those people is on LinkedIn, which means you’re going to find great professionals to connect with.

The most important use for LinkedIn is to grow your network and get involved. Not only will this help you connect with people who could have open positions, but people who will support your career growth.


Co-workers are a great way to expand your network. Everyone you meet will eventually go down different paths, but if you establish a connection with each person you work with it can build bridges that last a lifetime. No matter the career path you’re on, making sure you do your best to always make good impressions is important. The world is small after all, and you never know where a former connection may end up and the opportunities it may provide for you in the future.

Networking Events

If you’re in sales, networking events are a great place to mingle and find new clients or connect with industry experts that could maybe help you take your career to the next level. Not only are networking events about growing your community and your business, but they also help you feel more connected and appreciated within your space. Human connection is important for not only our personal lives but for our professional lives as well.

Networking your way to your next job may seem daunting, but it’s truly all about making genuine connections and seeing where those connections take you. These three steps above can help you grow in your career with a variety of different opportunities. Never doubt how far being genuine and just reaching out to people can get you when it comes to your career growth. Now have fun connecting and watch those exciting new opportunities come your way!


Networking: Utilizing Your Network to Find Your Next Job


When it comes to networking it can sometimes feel like it might be a waste of time. You’re meeting people who are trying to convince you to buy into whatever they sell/do and it can seem like you’re making “fake” connections. The truth about networking though is it’s allowing you to meet like-minded people who are working hard for their dreams.

If you think of networking like a ladder, it only takes one more step to get to a new spot. A spot that could take you to an amazing new career, or help you meet amazing people that want to be a part of your career and or business. So, if you’re ready to start utilizing your network to find a new job, here’s how you do it.

Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great place to start, even if you haven’t used this site yet it can be tremendously helpful. Find connections you know and reach out to them. Ask them how they are doing, maybe inquire about their job, and see how they like their employer. If they’re in your same field of work, they will be able to give you a good idea on what they like and don’t like and be able to tell you if they have any openings.

The great part of LinkedIn is it revolves around your career. So, when you’re connecting with someone you used to know or work with, it gives you the opportunity to grow with your network and know a little bit more about the potential opportunities.

Connect with your references

It’s always a good idea to check in with your references, especially from past employers. You never know if they have moved on to another company or up in their career ladder. Checking in and utilizing your network is not only exciting but it helps you keep that connection strong. If they were or are a reference you enjoy using it’s because they know you and know what you’re capable of. So, of course, they will help you get a new job in any way possible!

Go to networking events

Networking events are not only an opportunity to meet people who are wanting to grow their network but also to meet people who may have an amazing job opportunity for you. Networking events help you get outside of your comfort zone and meet people who could become professional connection or even prospective co-workers. The opportunities are truly endless if you’re willing to try and really would like to find a new job you love.

Be active and utilize your network

Being active and utilizing your network can mean many things and there is just no one way of doing it. You can interact with them on LinkedIn, send catch up emails just to see how they’re doing, give them a call every now and then, or even just send them holiday cards are great ways to stay in contact.

At times, we forget how important growing our networks are as well as making an effort to help them stay up to date with you and what you’re doing. The last thing you want to do is neglect the people who have helped you get where you are or will help you land a job in the future.

Ask for help

And always remember to ask for help! There is nothing wrong with utilizing your network and seeing if they have any opportunities or know of someone who might. You will always be surprised at how helpful your network will be when you need it the most. Especially, if you ensure you do your due diligence in getting to know them as well as helping them when you can.

As you may hear a lot, the world is a small place, and your career is even smaller. So, it’s essential to leverage your network when on the hunt for a new job opportunity!

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Spring Cleaning Your Career

Spring Cleaning Your Career

Spring is on its way (at least we hope) and that means it’s a great time to refresh your resume, brush up on your interview skills, and take a look at what’s out there. Even if you’re not actively looking for a new position, it never hurts to be prepared. Some of the best candidates that we’ve placed have been passive, and they are now in a new position that has completely re-enhanced their career.

Now, as recruiters, we essentially go through the job search process over and over again, and we’ve learned a thing or two on the way. Through the JSG blog, our recruiters are able to share their exclusive expertise on what it takes to get through every stage of a search for a new position, from resumes and references to final interviews and accepting offers. To assist you with “spring cleaning your career,” we’ve gathered some of our best candidate resources:

To increase your confidence and success pre-interview…
5 Things To Do Before Your Interview To Help You Nail It

For when you decide it’s time for a change…
4 Things You Need To Stop Doing In Order to Be Successful

To determine whether it’s time to leave…
These Warning Signs Will Tell You If Someone Is Bad Leader

On going the extra mile…
The One Degree Of Difference In Your Job Search

To judge the value of your resume…
Is Your Resume Just Wasting the Hiring Manager’s Time?

On who to ask to be a reference…
References 101: What Exactly Is A Professional Reference?

To check if you’ve got the essentials…
These Are The 3 Most Important Parts Of Your Resume

On what NOT to do during your interview…
5 Interview Missteps That Will Guarantee You Don’t Get The Job

For when you need to stand out…
This One Thing Will Set You Apart During An Interview

On using customer service….
The Key To Landing Your Dream Job? Superior Customer Service

For a few things to add to your toolbelt…
To Be A Successful Job Seeker, You Need These 3 Things

On getting to the interview stage…
4 Steps Closer To Your Next Job Interview

To help you get through the phone interview…
How To Ace Your Phone Interview

On our favorite interview questions to ask and answer…
10 Of Our Favorite Interview Questions

For crafting the perfect thank-you email…
Why Is The Thank-You Email So Important?

On getting over those networking jitters…
3 Tips to Elevate Your Networking Game

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

Is social media really a place to build professional relationships or is that just a myth?

The lines between online and offline are getting more blurry by the minute. There are now more than 277 million people on LinkedIn worldwide, and those people are constantly translating their online presence to establishing legitimate professional relationships, growing their skill sets, and even landing new positions. I’ve had a LinkedIn account for years, but haven’t really embraced the idea that we can build real professional relationships in the virtual world of Social Media until recently. Sound familiar?

I am not the guy who believes everything I read online or find on YouTube. Don’t get me wrong, I am sometimes entertained by what I see online. However I never believed I could build a true professional relationship, let alone friendship, by connecting to random strangers on a Social Media platform.

Thanks to my recent experience with Elaine Longmire at Jefferson Bank my belief has been changed forever.

It started with a short message sent on LinkedIn and a brief phone call exchanging stories and experiences with Elaine. Every so often we re-connect through an InMail, email, or a phone call to touch base. Each time learning a little more about each other’s profession, families, and daily lives.

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

One evening I was sitting in a restaurant, and I caught a glimpse of someone who looked uncannily familiar. Bothered by the fact that I felt I somehow knew this person, but unable to remember her name, I began to approach her table. Then, in a flash, it came to me. I didn’t know her, but she looked exactly like Elaine Longmire’LinkedIn profile picture that overtime had grown so familiar. The next day I called Elaine and we had a good laugh about her Spokane-based doppelgänger. This experience exposed the power of social media, because I realized that I had developed a real relationship with someone I had never even physically met. This relationship was even real enough for me to mistakenly recognize an online connection in the “real world.”

Social Media provides many opportunities not just from a professional prospective, but from the ability to establish genuine relationships on and offline. It has always been my goal to make a positive and meaningful impact on each and every person, I encounter in my day to day adventures.

My social networking to “real-world” networking story proves that we impact each other on Social Media every single day. I encourage you to graduate some of your online networking efforts to real world business contacts. You never know what may come of it! If I haven’t had the chance to shake your hand in person or virtually through the phone lines, I look forward to visiting with you soon!

3 Tips to Elevate Your Networking Game

Building relationships in business is an essential part of growing professionally. The people we surround ourselves with can help determine the additional opportunities available to us. Keith Ferrazzi says it best, “The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.” Learn three different ways to positively impact your next networking strategy.

  1. Identify Influencers: These individuals are busy and frequently approached by people needing or asking for something. The best way to capture their attention is to present yourself as a giver and expect nothing in return. Another invaluable resource for influencers is their assistant. Get friendly with gatekeepers and assistants, they can help you get an introduction or assist in getting you scheduled. If the gatekeeper option is not ideal, position yourself with some familiarity and attempt to make contact prior to a networking event. Influencers often start their day a little earlier than their assistants; Try calling prior to 8 a.m. and speak directly to the influencer.
  2. Extend Value: Add value to the networking event or conversation by focusing on doing things for others and expecting nothing in return. We are building relationships, not managing products or programs. Another great way to add value is being in the know. Stay apprised to business trends, headlines, and current world affairs. Engage in conversation, shares insight, and avoid interview style interactions that focus on mere facts.
  3. Create Lasting Memories: Make your introduction more interesting and toss your elevator pitch out of the window. When someone asks you what you do, be elusive and create some interest. Your story should be clear, compelling, and define a moment that is memorable. What do you want to be remembered by? A great way to make a lasting impression is to think strategically. Try one or more of these approaches to make a great impression:
    1. Introduce yourself first and work the room
    2. Ask for a story and avoid closed ended questions
    3. Extend the impression: Follow up with a thank you note or connect on LinkedIn

One of the most important aspects of professional networking is to STOP networking. Instead, initiate a conversation that encourages your colleagues to engage and walk away feeling encouraged by the interaction. Incorporate these tips in your next networking event and share your experience with us!