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Going for Olympic Gold

Olympic AthletesIt isn’t only the world’s top athletes who can strike gold at the Olympics.  Working at the Olympics can give your career a gold medal boost, as well.  I met a woman recently whose career as a ski resort social media marketing and public relations representative started out because of her experience working at the Torino Olympics.

Interestingly enough, she found the Olympic position the old fashioned way – by networking. In this case, it was almost accidental.  She broke her leg skiing and was a on train where she happened to get into a conversation with an NBC executive who happened to ask her how she broke her leg.  The conversation eventually led to a job offer which led to the start of  a career.

This is just one of many stories I’ve heard from people who found jobs in unexpected ways.  And, it’s important to note, that today, when so much networking takes place online that networking in-person can be what does the trick when you’re job searching.  So, don’t leave networking out of the equation and don’t be afraid to mention that you’re seeking employment.  You can’t get help if the person you’re talking to doesn’t know that you need it.

While I’m on the topic of the Olympics, About.com has terrific coverage including  skiing, figure skating, hockey, and the rest of the Olympic sports we’re going to get a chance to see at the Vancouver Games.  And, I’ll have to admit that I do hope Bode Miller, one of my favorite ski racers, medals this time around.

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Going for Olympic Gold originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at 08:00:09.

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