New Networking: Ideas to Get Connections in the Industry
While some things in the vast employment market have changed, the importance of networking remains the same. While you are in college, you have several opportunities to build industry connections and market yourself, but it's not too late after you graduate. If you are not sure how to build relationships in an effort to land the perfect job, here are some useful tips to keep in mind.
Put Your Powerful Network to Work
Believe it or not, you are already have an expansive job network that you can tap into to. Your family members, friends, civic club members, teachers, and prior colleagues are all members of the network you have worked hard to build throughout your life. The best way to find a job connection is to start with the contacts you know well. Many people you know in your life would love to help you get a leg up, and if you have someone within your network who is connected to your industry, do not be afraid to ask for assistance.
Join Networking Communities Online
If you want to expand your informal network and create more of a formal one, the next step is networking outside of your personal group. While it is best to start with the people you know, you may not always know someone in the industry who can give you expert advice or referrals. This is why online networking groups have become so important for businesses. You can use a variety of forms of social media to your advantage when networking. Create a profile on LinkedIn, follow the right Twitter users and reach out. Keep track of the people in the industry you have emailed, and be sure not to send mass generic emails. Show that you are serious about the industry and highlight what you can contribute. If you show that your goal is to build a relationship, you may receive a better response.
Job Search Networking Still Works
Did you know that job search networking is still one of the most effective ways to build connections that will land you a job. The direct approach, which involves actively making phones calls or appointments to discuss jobs, will help you get your face in front of the decision makers. You can make an appointment with a life style employment agency to build a contact list, or contact Career Services of your college if you are still in school. Using these resources to your advantage will make all the difference in your job search.
Your resume is just a piece of paper. If there is not a face behind the resume, you may get lost in the shuffle. Make sure that your name stands out to people when you are applying for positions, and take the time to network and get to know the people in the industry.
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