This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Beyond Cold Calls: Six Job-Hunting Tactics

When it comes to networking, there are the usual tactics: reaching out to college alumni, tapping your Rolodex and chatting up industry contacts at cocktail events. But they will only get you so far if you're looking for a job.

Today's job seekers need to be creative to stand out among a growing pool of unemployed professionals. If you've already attended every conference in your field and cold called all your old college buddies, here are some ideas:

Join an after-work sports team: Sports leagues are good places to meet like-minded professionals. For example, there's a softball league for people in the media industry and the Landau Lawyers League in Los Angeles has been organizing basketball, softball and volleyball leagues for more than 40 years. Playing in a league is a fun, casual way to get to know others in your field.

Organize an urban hike: Invite current and former colleagues to join you on an interesting tour in your city. Choose a theme that's conducive to socializing, such as a walking tour of historic homes in your neighborhood. Keep the pace slow so participants can chat. Wrap up the tour at a restaurant or bar to keep the conversations going.

Give speeches: If public speaking doesn't give you the shivers, contact a local networking group or trade association and offer to give a 15- to 20-minute speech on your area of expertise. Maybe you could talk about creative accounting strategies or lead a discussion on international trade agreements. Regardless of the topic, public speaking shows leadership and positions you as an expert, which could help raise your profile.

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $126.05 -2.10%
FB $77.70 -1.40%
GOOG $531.07 -1.80%
TSLA $233.20 1.20%
YHOO $41.66 -0.90%

Markets

DOW 17,998.00 +69.80 0.39%
S&P 500 2,089.46 -25.03 -1.18%
NASDAQ 4,939.3270 -77.6020 -1.55%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs