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Whether you’re the spouse of someone whose business relocated here, or you’ve simply decided to try a fresh start in a new market, one thing’s for certain: you won’t find a job sitting in front of your computer. You’ll need to sharpen your job search materials, do some research—and meet a lot of new people….
Of course, you can’t get a recommendation if you don’t know anyone. That’s one reason why meeting people is so important. “Networking is a core competency in business these days,” says Darrow.
Hallie Crawford, certified career coach and founder of Create Your Career Path, agrees.
“Even though Atlanta is an urban city, it has a small-town, friendly way of doing things,” she says. “Networking and connections are very important here.”
One way to make those connections, she says, is to “ask friends and family who they know in Atlanta, and take those contacts to coffee, even if they work in a different industry. You could make a friend or an important connection.”
Another way to make professional connections is by attending networking meetings. Start with chambers, business councils, an industry or professional association, or the local alumni club of your college. “In Atlanta, churches have strong career and job-seeking outreach programs that are open to anyone,” Crawford says. “Since professional recruiters often lead the programs, it’s a good place to network and to hear useful tips,” says Darrow.
Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. Her team of coaches helps people find their dream job and make it a reality. She is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit her website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about her teams career coaching services and to sign up for a complimentary consultation.