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How do you network with no contacts?

I know that networking is the best way to find employment. What if you don't live in your target city? What's the

best way to network?

The most common way to determine opportunities in a remote metro area is to scan the job boards and the 'online' newspapers. However, sending in your resume will usually put you in a large pile of resumes with little opportunity to 'sell' yourself into the company.

You can also contact the user groups in the area to gain a modicum of exposure.

The most effective way to gain exposure to a specific metro area is to work with a recruiting firm that specializes in platforms and technologies in which you are proficient. The recruiting firm will already have an understanding of the area and will have a list of client companies where your skills will be a fit.

Good Luck. Hope this helps.

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This was first published in May 2004

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