Networking Done Right - Level Up Your Search
As the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” In the world of job searching, networking is a game-changer. A strong network can open doors to opportunities you may not have known existed. Unfortunately, in today's virtual world, traditional networking events are a thing of the past. However, that doesn't mean networking is dead! Thanks to social media, virtual networking has grown increasingly popular.
In this blog post, we'll show you how to level up your networking and take your job search to the next level!
Clean Up Your Social Profiles
Before diving into your virtual networking journey, it’s crucial to keep in mind that social media can damage your online reputation. As you start your job search, the first thing that you need to do is to clean up your social media profiles. Google yourself and see what comes up, assess your content, and remove anything inappropriate. Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is updated, and your profile picture projects a professional image. Also, try to join professional groups on LinkedIn- it’s a great way to expand your network.
Engage with Your Connections Frequently
Networking isn't a one-time effort; it requires consistent engagement to reap rewards. Always try to engage with your connections whenever possible. Share their content, reply to their posts, congratulate them on work anniversaries, and wish them a happy birthday. These acts of kindness illustrate your commitment to the relationship and keep you top of mind with your connections.
Attend Virtual Events
Virtual events are now the norm, and while you can't attend in-person events, there are still ample opportunities available. Take advantage of participating in virtual events and webinars hosted by professional organizations. They’re a great chance to meet new people, learn about new industries, and acquire valuable skills. Don't forget always to follow up with people you meet during these events. Since you have a common experience, that’s a perfect point to build your conversation around.
Send Personalized Messages
When you're networking, it’s essential to remember that it isn't all about you. Instead, focus on how you can help others. Networking isn't about asking for a job; it is about building real, authentic connections. Hence, be sure to send personalized messages to whomever you want to connect with while maintaining a focus on adding value. Find out something about their interests and try to create a dialogue around that. By doing this, you’re far likelier to make a lasting connection.
Make Yourself Available
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, ensure that you make yourself available to the people you connect with. That means being responsive to messages, scheduling calls, and being proactive in setting up introductions. It also means being willing to offer your help without receiving anything back immediately. People who demonstrate a willingness to help others are often the ones who stand out the most.
In conclusion, networking in today's virtual world can be challenging, but also more efficient than ever before. Social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter offer opportunities to connect with professionals and employers. Virtual events create more opportunities to learn, grow, and connect with new people. Remember, networking is about genuine human connections, adding value, and supporting one another. With this mindset, you'll succeed in level up your networking and, ultimately, your job search efforts.