Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job

  • 3h 45m
  • Orville Pierson
  • Career Press, Inc.
  • 2009

Virtually all job hunting experts agree that networking is the best way to find a great job. But most people don't have connections to the decision makers who do the hiring.

And "networking" books, which are mostly written by and for salespeople, suggest aggressive tactics, often confusing these with real networking. They focus on building a powerful network over the course of a lifetime. But when you need a new job, you don't have time to build a huge, powerful network. You've got to use the network you already have.

Orville Pierson, a top expert in job hunting, tells you how to succeed by effectively using your current circle of contacts. He cuts through the myths and misunderstandings to show you how millions of job hunters have networked their way to great new jobs.

Highly Effective Networking empowers you to:

  • Use a small network to reach dozens of insiders and decision makers.
  • Get the right message to the right people, even if you have never met them.
  • Create a project plan to organize your networking efforts.
  • Speak effectively and comfortably with your networking contacts.
  • Talk to decision makers before the job opening is announced.

Networking in job hunting is different than other networking. You don't have to hobnob with the rich and famous. There's no need for aggressive sales tactics. You just need to understand how real networking fits into your job search, and then be systematic about doing it.

About the Author

Orville Pierson is the author of The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search, a book that has enjoyed wide acceptance by executives, mid-level managers, and professionals of all kinds. It has also been included in career programs at Duke, DePaul, Mount Holyoke, and Purdue, to name a few—and featured at an alumni event at the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Pierson is also senior vice president, corporate director of program design and service delivery for Lee Hecht Harrison, a leading career services company with 240 offices worldwide. His work there includes creating books, Websites, and videos on career management for the firm’s private clients, who number up to 100,000 a year. Since 1977, he has trained hundreds of career consultants for several different career services firms.

Yale educated, Mr. Pierson is in demand as a speaker for college events, church and synagogue career programs and job hunters ranging from entry-level to senior executives. Often quoted by journalists, he was selected as a job hunting expert by ABC News Primetime and his work has been repeatedly featured on radio and TV.

In this Book

  • Highly Effective Networking—Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job
  • Everybody Knows You Need to Network
  • Systematic Job-Search Networking
  • Networking Myths, Misunderstandings, and Dumb Ideas
  • Real Networking and How It Works
  • Your Total Network Is Bigger Than You Think
  • Plan Your Job Search—and Your Networking
  • Your Personal Networks and How to Use Them
  • Build Your Professional Networks
  • Networking Tools and Advanced Strategies
  • Moving From Networking to Interviews and Job Offers