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Networking for Alaska Jobs Seekers

As a job seeker, many of your opportunities to connect with employers will come from people you know. Networking is a very useful activity as you pursue employment. So when you are applying for Anchorage jobs, and want to make friends with people who can help you out professionaly here are the steps you should follow, courtesy of Meridith Levinson at

1. Start small: It can be intimidating to approach people you don’t know and who have never heard of you. Look for familiar faces first; friends and family members who work in your industry. They can also point you towards their own contacts. Tapping into the alumni base of your college (if you went to one) also counts as starting small.

2. Ask for introductions: Once you’ve made one or more contacts within your small circle (see above), you can ask them to introduce you to other figures in your industry you are hoping to meet with.

3. Follow up: The easiest way to build up your credibility and visibility is to share information with the contacts you meet. This can include anything from an article, a website, or a phone number. If your contacts ask you for some information, or if you offer and they accept, make sure you get that information to them.

4. Don’t be afraid of rejection: You won’t always hear back from people, and not everyone will be willing to help you. Rejection is a part of life, so don’t let it keep you down, and certainly don’t let it prevent you from putting yourself out there again.

By Kyle Wise

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