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Networking Basics

A willingness to network and build connections may be the single most important tool in your job search arsenal. The Goodwill Community Foundation's "Networking Basics" tool will teach you strategies to help you build and maintain your network.

Regardless of your education, employment or social goals, you can benefit from learning strategies to be better at networking. Networking can help you meet new friends, learn more about resources, explore the hidden job market to find a job or learn about volunteer opportunities when you relocate. Practicing and honing your networking skills will offer you benefits throughout your life and your military member's career.

The "Networking Basics" tool covers a wealth of information for networkers about the following topics:

  • Discovering why networking is important to your job search
  • Finding opportunities and getting started networking
  • Developing effective networking strategies
  • Using your elevator pitch as a networking tool

Networking can jump start your job search and expand your social circles in other areas of military life. Learn the basics and practice networking in different situations, even when you feel out of your element. Look for ways to connect when you attend job fairs, training sessions, spouse club meetings, promotion ceremonies, installation events and company parties. You can also expand your network by asking your connections to recommend or set up meetings with other professionals and organizations active in your career field. You may just discover the fun and rewards of expanding your network.

For additional information, visit the Networking and Job Search sections of the Employment Readiness lifecycle stage of MySECO. You can also call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to speak to a SECO career coach or use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website for additional guidance. Consider finding a mentor and practice networking through the Spouse Ambassador Network.

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