Community Job Search/Networking Groups
Launch Point: Expertise and Resources for Business, Career & Nonprofits.
Whether you’re a small business entrepreneur, a nonprofit fundraiser, or an individual considering career or college options, LAUNCH Point is your destination for expertise, services and tools for success. Free workshops and programs provide important networking opportunities and useful information for businesses, job seekers and nonprofit organizations. Visit LAUNCH Point on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library
Linked Dayton, a group for professionals who are either located in the Dayton area, or who have a personal or professional connection to the area.
Why you need a Network
- What is Networking? Networking is where individuals connect to form mutually supportive relationships. Networks form for a variety of reasons, including career advancement. Your network contacts can give you advice and provide information.
Guidelines to help maximize the benefits of networking
- Everyone you know is a potential member of your network. Everyone you know can be a useful contact (current/former co-workers, former classmates, friends/family (your brother-in-law’s uncle’s cousin may be a recruiter in your field). Someone may not be directly involved in your field, but they may know another person who is.
- Be willing to ask for help in order to get help you have to ask for it. Don’t be shy. If you need advice call someone in your network.
- Be willing to give help. You should be willing to offer your help to others as well. If someone asks you to speak to their nephew about your job/career, you must be willing to do it. Your network doesn’t exist only for your benefit!
- Don’t use your network only for Job Hunting. If you only use your network when looking for work, then guess what, your network will dry up. Not only that you’ll become know as “someone who’s always looking for a job”.
- Keep in touch with your Network contacts. Check in with your contacts now and then. Find out what their up to, let them know what’s happening with your career. It will be easier to track someone down after not talking to them for a couple of months than it will be after being out of touch for a year or longer.
- Thank your contacts for their help. When a contact gives you advice or provides a job lead, don’t forget to send a Thank You note. You can use email to do this.
- Online Networking opportunities should be used with Caution. Some online networking web sites are used primarily for social networking. But when networking for career purposes, take care to put forth a professional image, use those sites with a “business networking” focus.