Six-Figure Hotline: When You Don’t Have a Networking Contact

dave-optonAs part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.

In one such teleconference, I was joined by executive career strategist Pete Weddle, a recruiter and HR specialist, and a member asked us, “Applying to positions cold with no networking feels like an exercise in futility. How much time, if any, should be spent on opportunities where you can’t identify a networking contact?”

Here is some of what we had to say…

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Dave Opton

Dave Opton

Dave Opton founded ExecuNet in 1988 to provide a trusted environment where senior-level executives could build career opportunities by facilitating connections to other executives, experts and key market insights. Dave has drawn upon his 35 years of experience in human resources to develop and grow what has become the leading business and career membership network for executives and senior managers. A widely recognized executive career management expert, Dave is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, Fast Company, and other leading business publications. Mr. Opton received his BA from Indiana University.

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