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Job Hunters Share Their Stories

The most important things about finding a new job are networking and keeping an open mind. At least that was the consensus at a "Landers" panel talk put together by the Darien Professionals Networking Group . Four people who recently found work after being laid off in the recession shared their stories and gave tips.

"One thing that's very critical is you can't overlook anybody," said Ian Kennedy of the Schregg Group , who moderated the talk. "You've got to reach out to people, they'll remember you."

Steve Wolfe is a CPA who recently was hired by the Shelter for the Homeless in Stamford. He said that he didn’t consider going to work for a nonprofit organization, but finds that he loves the work.

"I love my job, it's one of the best jobs I've ever had," he said. He heard about the job from a friend who used to sell him insurance, and when he went into the interview he ran into another friend from a charity bike race he participates in. "You never know where help's going to come from."

Cathy Nonnenmacher said that when she got laid off, she reached out to every person in her e-mail address book and her Rolodexes. She ended up landing two part-time jobs, including one at a nonprofit, which she had never considered. "I'm very happy with the two jobs, it's worked out really well," she said.

"Networking is about building the relationship. If you're continuously building that relationship, that's where you see the magic happening," said Mark Troncone, who recently landed a job as a business IT analyst for Starwood Hotels. He said that when he was looking for work he would constantly go out and meet people, particularly those who were good in areas that he was not, so he could pick their brains.

Lewis Peterman found a job as director of sales for a pastry company.  "Even though I found a job, I still continue to try and network. I try to reach out to people," he said.

In this tough jobs climate, what search techniques have you used? What advice would you give to others looking for work, and what problems are you running into? Let us know in the comments below.

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