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Determine Who Your Network Knows

You have many confidantes who can help you in your job search. Wouldn’t it be nice to pinpoint exactly who within their network you need to network with? You can ask them, but they can’t keep track of their network in their head. Read this article to find the simple recipe.



Let’s assume you know Bob and Bob is connected with 500+ people. You can bring up their profile and scroll through all 500+ on screen (25+ pages). There is a better way.


You can use Boolean variables (AND/OR/NOT) in the LinkedIn search bar. With all of Bob’s connections in front of you on the screen (go to his profile and click the 500+ blue wording under his location) find the search bar and type in any combination of text words. In other words, if you want to find Bob’s connections at a hedge fund that buys Latin American debt, you type “hedge fund” AND “Latin American Debt”. LinkedIn will search for these terms in Bob’s 500+ connections. Just remember to capitalize the Boolean names (AND/OR/NOT).


Bonus idea: Don’t just call Bob and ask him if he knows the professionals you have identified, have a zoom call. Bring up his LinkedIn connections with the Boolean variables and show him the professionals. Humans are visual animals.

Don’t waste time. Pinpoint who you need with a simple search technique.

 

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Mike Mittleman is a career coach whose business focuses on investment banking finance professionals based in the NY/CT/NJ tri-state area, helping navigate their career paths with confidence and success. For more tips and personalized coaching, visit mikemittleman.com.

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