Finding a job is difficult especially when you are on dependent visa, but there are opportunities if you know how to take advantage of it. The best way to look for these opportunities is not through online job portals, employment agencies or company websites but by talking to people around you and informing them about your job search. It is important to build your network of friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances as they are helpful resources in job search. Inform them about your past achievements and the areas of interest and ask them whether they know of any companies or organizations doing the types of things that interests you. In the beginning, networking may sound scary, but at the end you may get a job through networking only. It is all about building relationships.

Networking is essential as 70% to 80% of jobs are never advertised. They are filled by references or through word of mouth. Job searcher invests a lot of time looking for jobs online and becomes frustrated for not finding one without realizing the importance of networking. Resumes and cover letters often might not reach the right person but networking makes you a recommended person and helps in landing your resume in the right hand.

As a first step, start with linkedIn, a professional networking site to build network. Post your profile, join relevant groups and ask for recommendations from colleagues in linkedIn. Lurk on twitter and facebook to get to know who is in your field and try to share relevant links and information with your network. If you want to build your network in a particular field or area, one of the most effective strategies for doing so is informational interviews. It’s important to work on your networking script i.e. a summary of your interests, goals and needs and use it when emailing contacts and meeting new people. Try to keep your script short and sweet.

There is a great site i.e. http://www.meetup.com were you can search for the group of your interest and join them.. Join two to three groups like professional associations, networking groups and interests groups. Try to attend their meetings, where you can meet new people and tell them about yourself and inform them about your job search. Always look for job fairs in your area and try to attend them. Even if building a good network takes effort, sincerity and time but it is worth at the end.

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