The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
It’s no secret that networking is one of the most critical aspects of executive job seeking. While the standard approach to securing a job—sending in an application, cover letter, and resume—does work, a large percentage of executives find their positions through networking connections.
The best way to ensure you get the most out of your networking experience is to keep close tabs on your current networking buddies, along with new people you meet through professional organizations, social networking sites, and industry conferences. And by taking the additional step of organizing those connections, you can benefit from always knowing just how to manage your interactions with them.
Here are some great ways to organize your network:
Set Up a Spreadsheet and Categorize Contacts Into Groups
The first step in organizing your executive job seeking network is to set up a spreadsheet that allows you to list all of your contacts. Once you’ve listed them, you can then separate them into groups to help you determine which connection resources are most helpful in your search.