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Need a Favor? Ask For It! Job Search Help From Your Network

I’ve been sending out a bunch of job inquiry emails today after spending most of the day yesterday working on and designing my resume. I needed to send one to my mom’s friend, and my mom was just like “Be casual about it.” But as a person that comes off awkwardly over the internet (not necessarily writing but chatting via email and Facebook), that was easier said than done. I found this post about how to approach networking with people you already know. I tweaked the script a little bit, but it is a good starting point for people who suck at job searching like I do.

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Women love to help others, but often find it difficult to ask for help themselves. But if you’re looking for a new job, it’s time to get over that fear: Enlisting others in the hunt is much more effective than going at it alone.

The easiest way to begin is to send a friendly (read: not desperate) email to your friends and former colleagues asking for job leads and professional contacts. While this can be scary, I’ve found that almost everyone who musters up the courage to ask for help reports back positive results.

Not sure where to begin? There are some basic do’s and don’ts of asking your network for help—for example, do ask about informational interviews, don’t send a broadcast email with your résumé.

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