Job seekers have a lot on their minds. And, in fact, many job seekers have a lot of the same questions. The next few Career Coach blog posts will take a look at some of these commonly asked questions.

Today’s Question: Since networking is the #1 way to find a job – how can I build my list of networking contacts?

Answer:  Start by making a list of everyone you know and prioritize that list. Include friends, family, co-workers, coaches, classmates, teachers, ex-supervisors and more. Everyone you know and everyone you meet is a potential contact. When you talk to your contacts ask them if they know anyone that they would recommend that you talk to. Your contacts can help you make the connection and you can take over from there. Attending professional conferences/meetings and volunteering are other great ways to build your skills as well as you list of contacts.

Any other suggestions on finding networking contacts? Let us know in the comments.

Or, if you have a question for our Career Coach team, ask! Watch for more commonly asked questions from job seekers over the next few weeks.

Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka


Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.