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The Status Update is an important tool for keeping your network informed of where you are and what you are doing in your job search. Using email lists and social networks, you want to craft a message to engage help and stay top of mind within your networking circles.

There are many formats available, here are the key points to include:

  • A reminder of your search (borrow from the 2 minute drill)
  • Activity since the last update
  • Changes in industry targets and company targets, new targets need new contacts, your current network may have them.
  • Networking events attended and scheduled to attend
  • Specific requests for assistance
  • Vacation Time Planned (so people won’t be trying to find you when you are not around nor available)
  • A thank you message for the help received so far
  • An offer to assist others

You’ll want to consider the frequency in which you put status updates out to your network. You want to determine the “Goldilocks Zone” for this kind of message. Too frequently, and your network will tune you out. Not frequently enough, and your network won’t stay energized to help you. Somewhere between once a month and every six weeks is a good place to start.

Keep your message fresh, lively and upbeat, focusing on the positive aspects of the activity and the search. Save the venting and negativity for another forum – support groups and accountability partners.

Providing a positive status will help your network help you, and will help give you a sense of accomplishment in what can be challenging times.

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