Networking is incredibly important in today’s business world. Perhaps you’ve seen the statistic that 73% of all job offers come from referrals and recommendations?
And while there is all kinds of networking advice out there for the shyer types, what about the extroverts?
It’s harder than ever to get your foot in the door these days. Postings for entry-level positions – which in many organizations have become internships – receive hundreds of applications.
This means the best way for you to end up on someone’s radar is through networking…
You have a LinkedIn profile that you’ve grown proud of so – like many young careerists – you may now be asking yourself… Now what?
Sit around until recruiters find you? Wait for an old buddy from college to seek you out? No, not you… because you have this infographic from Top Dog Social Media.
Those who have struggled with their recent job search will tell you: they wish they had done a better job keeping in touch with their past colleagues. After all, the number one way of getting a new job or internship today: networking.
So how do you maintain a happy and healthy personal network that will be there when you need them?
For many job seekers, networking as a job search strategy creates a great deal of angst; we are simply uncomfortable introducing ourselves to strangers with the hope of uncovering job leads.
But the reality is: that’s putting the horse before the cart. The first hurdle is simply finding new people – the right people –to add to your network…
Building a personal brand that resonates with employers and customers is hard. While in or just out of school, it can often seem impossible. So our friends at YEC asked some of their members this question:
“What’s advice would you give a young careerist or entrepreneur who wants to build a network but is having trouble being taken seriously?”