Are You Neglecting Your Network of Professional Contacts?

During normal times it is easy to find yourself neglecting your network of professional contacts. During this trying year, it is even more likely that you might be neglecting to reach out if you are not on a zoom meeting with them.

Neglecting Your Network

Active job-hunters know social networking sites, especially LinkedIn, can be some of the best tools for finding employment opportunities because it is easy to network with other professionals, friends, family, co-workers, and new contacts. But suppose you are happy in your job. In that case, you forget to continue to update your LinkedIn profile with recent accomplishments and connect with new co-workers and industry contacts you’ve met at previous conferences.

While we don’t think you need to be always looking for the next best thing, we do believe that you need to be prepared when life throws you an unexpected curveball, especially during a year like this. In other words, you never know when you may need to utilize your resume and contacts again.

Tips to Connect With Your Network of Professional Contacts

Here are four tips to help you stay on track with your resume and professional contacts:

  • Stay in Touch

Carve out time each week to go through your business cards of new and old connections and get LinkedIn with them. It’s an easy way to say “it was nice to meet you” or “remember me, I met you at…” and that you would like to stay in touch.

  • Help Others

Help Others

If you know a professional contact, friend, or family member looking for a job and you can help, don’t hesitate. Getting recommended for an interview gives that job-seeker a leg up on the competition. You also never know where that person may be able to help you out in the future. During trying times, helping someone else can be a mental health boost for both you and the recipient.

Consider using any free time you might have to give others recommendations on LinkedIn. When employers see current recommendations, they usually feel the person is a relevant candidate, especially if they are getting genuine recommendations during this time.

  • Show Off

When you further your education by taking some classes, getting promoted, or landing a big client, don’t be afraid to add that to your LinkedIn profile and resume. As your job changes and grows, so should your resume. The easiest way to update your resume is through your LinkedIn profile, where co-workers, clients, and even your boss can comment on a job well done. Be sure to thank them for their comments and keep the connection going.

  • Promote Good Things That Happen To Someone In Your Network Of Professional Contacts

Another opportunity to connect is when you see something positive happening for someone else.  You comment and share their good fortune on social. According to a post on the Muse, “When they get a new job, give a great presentation, or publish an article on a major website, send them a quick note to congratulate them on their milestones and tell them that you admire the work they are doing.” The person who congratulates and promotes others always looks good and others see you actively helping others.

A job search strategy isn’t something you should only think about when you are actively looking for a new job. It’s what you do BEFORE you start looking for a new job that’s equally important. If you have been neglecting your network of professional contacts, now is the time to do something about it.

Do You Need Career Search Help?

If you need help updating your resume, practicing for an interview, or organizing your job search information during these challenging times, consider reaching out to Rachel Schneider at Career Find to assist you.

By |2021-06-14T17:33:42-05:00November 18th, 2020|Job Search, Professional Contacts, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are You Neglecting Your Network of Professional Contacts?

How to Have a Pain-free Health Insurance Experience

At Career Find, we do our best to send out helpful career-related hints and tips every month that can help you, a friend or a family member. As we enter the 4th quarter of 2014, we want to share some of our most valued strategic business partners with you. The people we highlight are masters of their trades and we have been recommending them to our friends, family and clients for years.

November starts the beginning of health insurance enrollment. One of our trusted partners specializes in helping businesses and individuals navigate the complicated world of insurance. When you work with John Huncharek and Chris Duell from Academy Financial Group, you can expect to be educated about all options available to you and feel confident that you will select the best plan for you and your business. With their incredible knowledge base about health insurance as well as their friendly no-pressure demeanor, we highly recommend Academy Financial Group for your health insurance needs. 

“Academy Financial Group provides health insurance, life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance as well as dental and vision insurance to individuals and families. We also help companies navigate through health reform and provide employee benefits to small and medium-sized businesses.

For individuals, healthcare open enrollment begins November 15th and we help individuals find the most appropriate plan for them. We shop for the best deals and present options for our clients. Because we are not obligated to any insurance company, we go to the company that will be the best fit for each client. We spend time educating people on the pros and cons of each insurance plan so they can make the best choice for them. We try to give our clients the bigger picture on protecting their families so they can take a road map with them for the future.

 For small companies, we help them figure out whether it is better to have individual coverage or group coverage. For medium-sized companies, we help them avoid penalties and meet the government requirements. Again, we like to shop companies and present the best options. Our job is to give companies the best information that will allow them to make good decisions.” 


For more information contact: 

John D Huncharek


Academy Financial Group



By |2014-10-14T12:39:18-05:00October 14th, 2014|Professional Contacts|Comments Off on How to Have a Pain-free Health Insurance Experience