It will be your ability to interact with people, be it in interviews, or while networking, that will make your job search successful.
Here are our networking how to's:
1. Make New Contacts
There are many places to go to find new contacts. Try these:
2. Set up Networking Appointments
It’s not always easy to get someone to agree to meet with you. The most common excuses people may have for not seeing you are time constraints and they don’t have any jobs to offer you.
Here are some tips to circumvent these objections:
3. Have Networking Meetings
The purpose of networking meetings is similar to that of informational interviews - to gather first-hand information about the industry or occupation.
However, there is another very important reason for conducting networking meetings - to lay the groundwork for accessing the hidden job market.
Here are some things you should remember to do:
In general, you want to leave your contact with the impression that you are keen, smart and would make a good employee. Therefore, you will come to mind should any opportunities arise in the future.
4. Stay in Touch
The biggest mistake job seekers make when networking is to have one meeting with someone, hand over their resume and then lose contact. Networking means regular and consistent follow-up (without being a nuisance).
Always send a thank you letter after any networking activity. Ask your contact if they would mind if you checked in with them from time to time. If your initial meeting went well, chances are your contact will be interested in your progress. How will he or she be able to inform you of any opportunities if they have forgotten about you, don’t know how to reach you or don’t know if you are still interested in finding a job?
Through the process of maintaining contact you will collect referrals and expand your contact base while keeping an eye out for opportunities and focusing on securing employment.
5. Using the Internet to Enhance Your Network
The Internet is a great way to enhance your networking strategy. You can do this by participating in discussion groups which allow you to exchange information with people from many different areas, companies, cities, even countries. The boundaries of time and geography are eliminated so you can contact people from virtually anywhere (from your local area to around the world) at any time.