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?”
Your personal sphere of influence is the key to a strong career, and a successful job search. So no matter where you stand now: you likely want or need to expand your network.
But especially during a job search, there’s a built-in problem: how do you approach someone you want to meet without sounding like a desperate job seeker?
The top candidate doesn’t always get hired. Sometimes, it was something they said during the interview that takes them out of contention. And sometimes, it was something they didn’t say – at least out loud.
To understand the value of non-verbal communication, and how best to present yourself at your next job interview or networking meeting, check out this infographic from Ethos3.com…
In some circles networking has a bad reputation. In part, this is because of a few bad networking apples who spoil it for everyone else.
As someone who has attended (and hosted) thousands of networking meetings and events — and is often referred to as a ‘master networker’ – I’m going to let you in on a few secrets of bad face-to-face networking…