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How to Effectively Ask for Help in a Job Search

1. It’s a sign of strength to ask for help in a time of need.

You may feel asking for help makes you look weak. However, it’s human nature to offer help when you see someone in need of help.

2. Be specific.

The key is to be specific. The more information you provide, the easier it is for others to help you. For example, include the names of actual companies you may want to work for and the corresponding job functions or job titles.

3. Follow up.

Check in with your contacts every week or two. People are busy. It’s a good practice to touch base with your contacts regularly so they will remember you.

4. Be thankful.

Always be grateful with your contacts spending time to help you out with your job search. Send a thank you e-mail, a thank you card, or take them to lunch as a gesture of gratitude.

5. Give back.

Help someone else out. If you receive a job requirement from a recruiter and you won’t be pursuing it yourself, pass it on to your network. You may just brighten someone else’s day with this act of kindness.

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