Have you heard the rumor that “at least 70% of jobs are not even listed online?” This could be a gross underestimate in today’s market where there are millions of qualified candidates actively looking for a new position. If you are trying to land a job in the near future and networking is not a part of your strategy, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. Here are a few strategies you can use to brush up on your virtual networking skills and secure your next job.
Tap Into Your Existing Network
You may have more powerful connections than you ever realized! You never know who has an open position or a connection who is currently hiring. Head to social media to share that you’re looking. Turn on the “open to work” feature on LinkedIn. Upload and share your resume on LinkedIn and Facebook. We understand that putting yourself out there can be awkward, so here’s a template for what to say based on LinkedIn’s #OpenToWork campaign:
Hi everyone – I am looking for a new role related to UX/UI specialties and would appreciate your support. Thank you in advance for any connections, advice, or opportunities you can offer. #OpenToWork
Reach Out To Potential Connections
It can be intimidating to try and grow your connections during a time like this. Additionally, there is a right and wrong way to do reach out to new professionals via virtual networking. Do not cold-contact someone and ask for something right off the bat. It’s most important to establish a connection based on mutual interests. Here’s a great initial message:
I read the blog you shared on professional networking, and it really resonated with me. It was perfect timing as I am currently working on expanding my network. I’d love to connect so we can stay in touch.
Join A Group
The world of social media is full of networking opportunities. Particularly with the growth of Facebook groups, there are tons of opportunities to grow your professional circles. Do a quick search for your job title or skills on Facebook and filter by groups. Then, do a little browsing to find one that piques your interest. Generally, you want one large enough to foster engagement, but small enough to have meaningful conversations. Only you can decide your sweet spot.
Just because contact is limited doesn’t mean connection has to be. There is no better time to grow and nurture your professional connections through virtual networking. Interested in more job search advice? Explore our blogs here.