When done correctly networking can be very positive and have a tremendous impact on a prospective employee’s future. It is one of the most important job-search techniques, with a wide variety of methods to fit every personality and situation. Skills will help students or graduates get started, but the connections they make through networking can help ensure a long and thriving career in whatever profession they pursue.
Effective Networking Tips
- Identify What Networking Style Works Best
- Extrovert, introvert we are all different. That being said networking styles will vary. It is important to step outside the comfort zone and find ones niche.
- Be Aware of the Rules of Professional Networking
- Never directly ask for an interview. Rather, ask questions to find whether the company, its culture, and its employees fit to interest.
- Never ask for a job. Let others know of an interest in a certain role and share appreciation for information about any potential opportunities.
- Use Social Media Effectively
- Social media platforms today have something to offer every type of job seeker. Take advantage of the positive sides of social media.
- Start Early
- Practice networking as a volunteer, intern or employee.
- Network with anybody, anywhere.
- Be Consistent
- Sometimes it isn’t about the how to network, it’s about doing it regularly.
- Follow Up
- Always thank contacts in writing (handwritten note or email).