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NETWORKING 101 : MAKING CONNECTIONS THAT LEAD TO JOBS



It's not just about what you know, it's who you know. Networking is the key to building valuable connections that can open doors to exciting job opportunities. Here's your crash course on making connections that lead to career success:


Building Your Network:

  • Leverage Existing Connections: Start with your inner circle - friends, family, former colleagues, and professors. Let them know you're on the job hunt and explore if they have any contacts in your field.

  • Professional Platforms: Join online communities like LinkedIn and industry-specific groups. Participate in discussions, share your expertise, and connect with professionals who share your interests.

  • Seek Out Events: Attend industry conferences, workshops, and meetups. These events offer opportunities to network with potential employers and learn valuable industry insights.

  • Volunteer: Giving back to your community is a great way to meet like-minded people and develop valuable skills. It can also lead to unexpected connections.


Making Meaningful Connections:

  • Focus on Building Relationships: Networking isn't about a quick job pitch. It's about building genuine connections and offering value. Be a good listener, show interest in others, and offer your own expertise when relevant.

  • Informational Interviews: Reach out to professionals in your desired field for informational interviews. Ask questions about their career path and gain insights into the industry.

  • Be a Connector: Networking is a two-way street. If you come across someone who might benefit from knowing another person in your network, make the introduction!


The Power of Follow-Up:

  • Don't Be Shy - Follow Up: After meeting someone at an event or interview, send a thank-you email within 24 hours. Mention something specific you discussed and reiterate your interest in staying connected.

  • Stay Engaged: Networking is an ongoing process. Periodically stay in touch with your network through social media or occasional emails. Share relevant articles, updates on your job search, or offer congratulations on their achievements.


Remember:

  • Be Prepared: Have a concise elevator pitch ready to introduce yourself and your career goals.

  • Be Positive and Enthusiastic: Your attitude is contagious. Show your passion for your field and leave a lasting positive impression.

  • Be Patient: Building strong relationships takes time. Don't expect instant results, but focus on consistent, authentic networking.


by:

Kimberly L. Atendido



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