Now I’ve got my network, what next?

You need to identify whom you should contact first from your network. They will be:

  • people you can contact relatively easily;
  • people high in the organisation – the higher the better;
  • people who could potentially employ you (even better);
  • people on the same level as you, but with a different function, who can ‘pass you on’ to a peer. (Bear in mind that people on the same level as you with the same function may see you as a competitor. People on a lower level are rarely useful except for information gathering.)

Now choose the top 15 names on your list and contact them. Decide which approach will be best. As a general principle, the first choice is to see them in person, second to telephone, third is to write ...

Get How to get that job, 4th Edition now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.