Do you know why you should be networking during your job search? In business and the professional world, who you know is almost as important as what you know.
Your ability to network can have huge benefits on your career and overall life success and happiness. The larger your network is, the more support and information you will have at your fingertips. Networking is the best method to access the hidden job market to land excellent career opportunities.
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Below are some reasons why you need to be networking consistently in order to improve your career and professional life.
Networking Usually Outweighs Traditional Methods
Networking should be a huge part of your job search plan, it is the number one way to land a job. The majority of jobs are found through some form of networking. Also, the caliber of jobs found through networking tends to be better and more coveted. A personal connection to a hiring manager is the best way to get your resume on the top of the pile. Keep in mind you do need to write a resume that grabs attention for the right reasons.
To prove just how effective networking is, think about ten of your employed friends. How many of them got their jobs through a form of networking versus the traditional approach? I bet you find that networking far outweighs the traditional methods.
I bet you find that networking far outweighs the traditional methods.
You Can Always Make a Connection
In order to maximize your network, use the contacts you have to find others. Networking works much like six degrees of separation. Anything is possible, and you never really know just who you or a friend knows until you put forth the effort.
As a general rule, there are never more than six people between you and the person you wish to meet. Networking is the best way to access otherwise inaccessible people, like employers of important companies.
Having contacts within certain organizations can help to learn about the company you are submitting your application in hope to receive a job interview. They can give you the scoop about the employer, the co-workers, the work environment, or any other helpful information. Finding out about a company will help to prepare your employment application and get prepped for an interview. Who better to talk to about the job than with someone you know, and who has an inside edge on the company?
Finding out about a company will help to prepare your employment application and get prepped for an interview. Who better to talk to about the job than with someone you know, and who has an inside edge on the company?
Who better to talk to about the job than with someone you know, and who has an inside edge on the company?
Networking will play a critical role is you are wanting to make a career change from one industry to another. Or, a career transition from one position to completely new one. Learning as much as possible about the industry sector or the position you wish to move into will be incredibly helpful with each step of your job search.
Networking Is a Two-Way Street
Another great advantage of networks is that it is a two-way street. It’s a circle of friends who help each other to improve their careers. When you help others, others will help you. Everyone likes people who are helpful—good things will likely come to you if you are helpful to others. In every networking situation, don’t leave without letting those in attendance know who you are, what you do, and how to contact you. A business card is a must.
Lastly, remember that in every social situation you are in, make sure that people leave knowing who you are, what you do, and how to get ahold of you. Opportunities come from unexpected places and when you least expect them. You never know who you may talk to that could need your skills.
Career leads and job opportunities come from unexpected places and when you least expect them. You never know who you may talk to that could need your skills.
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