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.

Offer Value

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.

Cryptocurrency’s Developer Gold Rush

The hottest new industry for software developers is one they last flocked to in 2017 — cryptocurrency.

Citing a report by the crypto VC firm Electric Capital, Bloomberg says the number of new tech professionals going to work for cryptocurrency startups and taking on decentralized finance (DeFi) projects has been increasing at the rate of 15% per month since January. That’s about 13,600 new developers joining the crypto sector through October, according to Electric’s numbers.

Bloomberg reports that 80% of all active developers began their work in just the last two years.

Overall, however, the number of software developers working in cryptocurrency has stayed flat. Electric says the incoming professionals have gone to work mostly for the top 200 ecosystems. Outside those 200, there’s been a 30% exodus since December 2018.

The total pool of active crypto developers is about 9,000 a month, according to the report.

Yahoo Finance explains that “The [Electric Capital] report tracks ecosystems by blockchain. In other words, a Bitcoin developer is counted toward Bitcoin even if the person is working on its Lightning Network or any of its wallets.”

That developers are joining the top ecosystems and leaving those at the bottom is, Bloomberg says, “one of the best barometers of a project’s promise and health.”

Maria Shen, a partner at Electric, told Bloomberg, “Developers are one of the signals of quality in a crypto ecosystem.”

The big winner, she says, is Ethereum. With more than 300 developers a month joining the organization, Shen told Yahoo, “Ethereum has continuously grown through Crypto Winter.”

Electric’s survey of publicly available code documentation on GitHub and GitLab and elsewhere shows Ethereum had about 2,300 developers working monthly in the third quarter of the year. It’s closest competitor, Bitcoin, had 400.

Meanwhile, the report says the average monthly number of developers working on DeFi projects grew 67% since January. (Wikipedia defines DeFi as “an experimental form of finance that does not rely on central financial intermediaries such as brokerages, exchanges, or banks, and instead utilizes smart contracts on blockchains.”

Ken Deeter, an Electric Capital partner, suggested to Coindesk that developer interest in DeFi could be partially attributed to developers from fintech frustrated by what they can’t do there.

“DeFi is a really interesting area … where there’s an ability for developers to really experiment in a way that in the traditional financial system is difficult to do.”

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