When it comes to networking it can sometimes feel like it might be a waste of time. You’re meeting people who are trying to convince you to buy into whatever they sell/do and it can seem like you’re making “fake” connections. The truth about networking though is it’s allowing you to meet like-minded people who are working hard for their dreams.
If you think of networking like a ladder, it only takes one more step to get to a new spot. A spot that could take you to an amazing new career, or help you meet amazing people that want to be a part of your career and or business. So, if you’re ready to start utilizing your network to find a new job, here’s how you do it.
LinkedIn is a great place to start, even if you haven’t used this site yet it can be tremendously helpful. Find connections you know and reach out to them. Ask them how they are doing, maybe inquire about their job, and see how they like their employer. If they’re in your same field of work, they will be able to give you a good idea on what they like and don’t like and be able to tell you if they have any openings.
The great part of LinkedIn is it revolves around your career. So, when you’re connecting with someone you used to know or work with, it gives you the opportunity to grow with your network and know a little bit more about the potential opportunities.
Connect with your references
It’s always a good idea to check in with your references, especially from past employers. You never know if they have moved on to another company or up in their career ladder. Checking in and utilizing your network is not only exciting but it helps you keep that connection strong. If they were or are a reference you enjoy using it’s because they know you and know what you’re capable of. So, of course, they will help you get a new job in any way possible!
Go to networking events
Networking events are not only an opportunity to meet people who are wanting to grow their network but also to meet people who may have an amazing job opportunity for you. Networking events help you get outside of your comfort zone and meet people who could become professional connection or even prospective co-workers. The opportunities are truly endless if you’re willing to try and really would like to find a new job you love.
Be active and utilize your network
Being active and utilizing your network can mean many things and there is just no one way of doing it. You can interact with them on LinkedIn, send catch up emails just to see how they’re doing, give them a call every now and then, or even just send them holiday cards are great ways to stay in contact.
At times, we forget how important growing our networks are as well as making an effort to help them stay up to date with you and what you’re doing. The last thing you want to do is neglect the people who have helped you get where you are or will help you land a job in the future.
Ask for help
And always remember to ask for help! There is nothing wrong with utilizing your network and seeing if they have any opportunities or know of someone who might. You will always be surprised at how helpful your network will be when you need it the most. Especially, if you ensure you do your due diligence in getting to know them as well as helping them when you can.
As you may hear a lot, the world is a small place, and your career is even smaller. So, it’s essential to leverage your network when on the hunt for a new job opportunity!