Networking is an essential part of job seeking and can be useful no matter what industry or sector you have worked in. Networking can make you aware of further information or leads about roles and opportunities that may not already be aware of. If you are job seeking right now, networking will get you one step closer to securing your next career move!
Networking is the proactive process of using relationships and contacts to identify new opportunities. It can take place in many forms including face to face, over the telephone, via social media such as LinkedIn or Twitter, or through email. Networking doesn’t lead to instant success. It takes time and effort. It is all about investing in relationships so when opportunities arise your contacts think of you.
Opportunities are attached to people. The aim is to speak to your contacts who know how credible you are and would be willing to help you find your next role or opportunity. Former work colleagues and managers are obvious choices but don’t just limit yourself to focusing on professional’s contacts. You may also want to consider:
When looking at your network you may end up with lots of contacts who could potentially help. Prioritise your contacts and divide them into HOT, WARM AND COOL groups.
Once you have grouped together your contacts, you’ll need to think about how they would prefer to hear from you so plan how you are going to make contact? Will this be face to face, telephone, LinkedIn, or email? With working practices becoming more flexible and hybrid due to the pandemic, it is important to make full use of virtual networking via social media platforms and digital events. Online networking is more important than ever before and is a vital skill in a competitive job market.
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