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Talking your way into a great job
The biggest secret about job hunting is that the best jobs go unadvertised. The only way to tap into this pool of desirable positions is to talk to the people who know about them.
Always, always, ask who else you should talk to.
Nobody likes to impose on friends or strangers, but you have to just grit your teeth and do it. Also, it might make you feel better to remember that networking isn't just about asking people you don't know for favors. It's also about returning those favors later. If you've never worked before, you may not have a lot of information to offer people just yet. But that'll change fast; in a year, you'll be able to give information back to people who've helped you in the past.
Everyone wants to help
Contact everyone you can
Send a letter or an email first
Know why you're calling
The most important question you can ask
Always, always, ask who else you should talk to. If you do nothing else; if you're a stuttering, blithering wreck, ask that one question. If each person you talk to gives you two more people to talk to, before too long you can network with a whole city.
And don't forget to check with your school's career center for additional guidance.
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