Monday, May 22, 2006

10 ways to find an inside contact

You can't get very far into a job search without being exposed to the usual advice that networking is the most effective way to get a new job. But how does networking apply to finding a job in a specific, targeted company where you don't know anyone?

Liz Ryan has a list of 10 good ideas on how to use Internet-based resources to how to find a contact inside a target company. Here's a quick summary, but it's worth going to the source for the long version.

  1. The company website, under About Us.
  2. LinkedIn.
  3. WorldWIT email groups (for women).
  4. Google.
  5. Google Blog Search.
  6. Your local business paper's online archive.
  7. The Yahoogroups archives.
  8. The relevant/logical professional association for the person you seek.
  9. Mentions of community involvement and local causes on the company's website.
  10. Your alma mater's alumni database.

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