A good contact is anyone who is able to:
  • Offer you a job;
  • Tell you of a job opening;
  • Refer you to somebody who can arrange an interview or read your resume;
  • Give you the name of somebody who can do any of the above;
  • Give you the name of somebody who can give you the name of someone else who can do any of the above.

This is an area in which the highest level of originality and creativity is demanded in seeking a job. It can really be a challenge for you in seeing how innovative and productive you can be in seeking out new resources. You should leave no stone unturned.

Consider the categories listed. Then, on the Networking Worksheet, write the names of at least two people from each category who may be able to help you in your job search. Again, these are not necessarily the names of people in your occupation or people you know well, just people you've met who may be willing to give you some helpful information.


List 100 people you know—each one of them knows 100. Kinds of people to include:
  • professional colleagues
  • classmates
  • ex-employers
  • ex-co-workers
  • doctors
  • dentists
  • clergymen
  • salesmen, customers
  • banker
  • parties
  • PTA
  • policemen
  • insurance agents
  • faculty
  • secretaries
  • relatives and neighbors
  • postman
  • creditors
  • sub-contractors
  • building inspectors
  • small food store owner
  • interviewer in a company where you were refused a job

Other people I know

Include here your landlord, bank president, store managers and just about every one you know. People who interact with many people each day, serving the public are sources of good job leads.

Places and Organizations

  • yellow pages
  • consultants in country clubs
  • local-state-federal gov't
  • trade shows
  • volunteer groups
  • business calendars
  • women's club
  • alumni directory
  • Kiwanis club
  • synagogue-church
  • health spa
  • veterans groups
  • conventions
  • temporary employment agencies
  • authors in professional journals
  • neighborhood employment center
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Rotary Club, Lions Club
  • annual conventions
  • professional associations
  • alumni groups
  • local newspaper of town where you live or want to work
  • announcements in newspapers of new positions in a company
  • trade journals
  • State Dept. of Education- Community College Division
  • Sunday & Wednesday editions of your local newspaper
  • College bulletin boards
  • College placement office

Don't Prejudge!

Anyone, no matter what their status, may be a source of a referral or leads that results in your next job.