Let’s admit it, searching for a job can be a daunting and competitive process. You’re not alone in the quest for that perfect opportunity, and sometimes your qualifications alone are not enough to make you stand out. This is where strategic networking comes in. Networking is more than connecting with other professionals on LinkedIn or collecting contacts; it’s about building relationships that can lead you to your dream job. According to Forbes, “Research states that some 80% of jobs are landed through networking.” In this blog, we’ll look at how to make networking a key part of your job search strategy.
Leverage Online Platforms
Platforms like LinkedIn, Indeed, and industry specific forums are networking game changers. Through these platforms, you can connect with professionals and potential employers. Always ensure that your profiles are up to date with your most recent resume, a professional photo, and other information like a current email address. To read more on LinkedIn and resume Green Flags check out our previous blog. Additionally, we discussed how to set up your LinkedIn profile for the job you want in a previous blog titled, ‘How to Tailor Your LinkedIn Profile for the Jobs You Want.’
Optimize Your Online Presence
Optimizing your online presence will take you a step further to landing your dream job. Some ways you can optimize your online presence are by establishing yourself as a thought leader and sharing engaging posts and industry trend insights.
Attend Networking Events
In the digital age, face-to-face networking should not be underestimated. When job searching you should attend industry conferences, job fairs, and seminars related to your field. At these events you should ensure you take your business card and copies of your resume to share with potential employers or even possible mentors.
Join Professional Organizations
Some people often struggle to find networking events; one way of getting connected is to join industry-related professional organizations. These organizations often host networking events and offer job boards. Additionally, these organizations are usually made up of professionals who become phenomenal mentors.
It’s important to remember that networking is a two-way street. Once you have made a connection, consider offering your skills when the opportunity arises. Being generous can leave a lasting impression.
Follow up and Stay Connected
After making a connection, you should send a follow-up email expressing your gratitude for their time. Maintain the connection by checking in, sharing industry news, and even congratulating them on achievements or work anniversaries.