Tips for Building Your Network
According to a recent survey on LinkedIn, 85% of jobs are found through networking. This is an astounding figure, and really highlights the importance of having a strong network to tap into for job search and career advancement.
I have yet to find the client who says, “I love networking” so it typically takes a bit of convincing for me to have my clients embrace networking, or at least to see the importance of networking for job search. The following are some tips to build your network with an eye toward getting a new job, or foot in the door at a new company.
· Review your Resume. Who did you work with at your past jobs? We typically only think about our former bosses or managers in terms of networking—but also think about peers both in your area or other areas of your former employers. In addition, remember to connect with those who were junior to you as well. They may be in a position to help you too.
· Alumni Network. Make sure to tap into your alumni network. A simple search on LinkedIn can turn up alumni who work in your field and even at the companies you are interested in. In my experience, an alum will nearly always respond to a note from another alum. In addition, contact your college career office as they may be able to connect you directly with alums in your field.
· Join Professional Associations. This is a great way to expand your network and meet other professionals in your field. There are professional associations for every industry and many host networking events in conjunction with relevant programming. To find a listing of professional organizations go to https://www.directoryofassociations.com/
· LinkedIn. LinkedIn was created for networking, so it should play a large role in expanding your network. Remember to connect with everyone you meet whether at a professional organization, past job, or through an alumni event. Include a note with every connection—give people a reason to connect with you.
Want to learn more about Building your Network? Let’s talk! Contact me at Pamela@pamelaweinberg.com.