Networking and blind dates are quite similar. This is especially true regarding the fear of rejection.
Blind dates can be uncomfortable, they often feel forced, and everyone is trying to sell something (themselves). Networking events… are the same.
I am going to help you overcome all of those crappy feelings and show you how to fall in L.O.V.E. with networking.
Without a doubt, networking is your most effective tool in your job search tool box. As a soon-to-be young professional, when you meet potential employers, mentors and influencers in-person, you must have an efficient way to give them your contact information.
You must be remembered.
Student business cards, or networking cards, are essential to landing your next internship and your first job…
Common wisdom dictates that there are six degrees of separation between you and anyone on the planet. According to my father, however: “There aren’t six degrees of separation, there are two; you just have to think hard enough.”
Like my father, I’m a connector, and would agree that regardless of how many people it takes to make a connection, no one is too far removed…
Right now, LinkedIn is the key site for networking. In one place you can educate yourself, network and, perhaps most important to job seekers, get found by recruiters. In fact, a recent survey of 160,000 recruiters reported that 97% recruit through this site.
Are you getting all you can out of LinkedIn? Or perhaps you don’t realize how many recruiters pass up your profile and you’re missing out on job opportunities, right now.
Check out this interesting infographic by Avid Careerist and LinkedIn in 30 Minutes to learn potential profile mistakes you’ve made, and how to optimize your profile to get more recruiters’ attention.
Our friends at YEC asked members of their council this question from a reader… we thought the answers were enlightening for members of the YouTern community. Read on!
Question: How do you network offline that sets you apart from other people in a crowded room?
While many recruiters do cold-call potential candidates, when you’re actively job seeking don’t sit at home waiting for the phone to ring.
Actively build relationships with recruiters looking to place candidates like you in great positions!
There’s quite a bit you can do to actively reach out to recruiters and make yourself more visible in the marketplace…