Networking When You’re Unemployed

With summer officially here it’s time to get out of your place and do something. And if you’re unemployed then there’s no better way to spend your time then by attending professional networking events. Throughout the summer we’ll be offering up pointers on how to make the most of these opportunities.

We’d like to give a big thanks to Jennifer Johnson of the Portland HR Network for all these great tips!

1. Don’t take your job loss personally

Job Loss

Job loss happens to everyone at some point in their career. Learn from the past but keep a forward looking mindset and stay positive.

2. Don’t spend all of your job search time on the computer

Computer Job Search

It’s important not to be just another faceless resume. Make your presence known by networking, volunteering, or whatever works for you. A positive reputation among network connections can go a long way towards opening up opportunities.

3. Get out of your pajamas!

Bunny Slippers

Create a routine for yourself and get ready for the job you want. Not the lack of job you have today. Practice how you present yourself to others.

4. Get out of the house and talk with people at least twice per week


Again, practice makes perfect. If you want to improve your odds and skills then you need to put in the time. Being comfortable with talking about your career search will translate well when you interview.

5. Go easy on yourself and find ways to reinforce and rebuild your confidence and self-esteem

Positive Outlook

Take baby steps. Set small goals for yourself and build upon the degree of difficulty as you progress. Use the momentum of your accomplishments to build your confidence and keep a positive outlook.


2 responses to “Networking When You’re Unemployed

  1. These are great tips! Do you, or any of your readers, have suggested or favorite networking events in the Portland area?

  2. Peter, glad you enjoyed you them! We’ll be posting more tips related to networking after the holiday weekend.

    As for networking events in the Portland area I’d suggest checking out the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Pub Talk events. You can find those and all their other networking events on their homepage at

    The Young Professionals of Portland is also a good resource for networking and especially nonprofit informational events. You can see what they have coming up at

    I’ll check with some of our recruiters here for more specific events coming up this summer and follow up.

    Chris Nelson

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