Nine Networking Tips

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Developing and using a great resume is one key to persuading an employer to contact you for an interview. But a great cover letter and resume alone might not bring you an interview. You’ll also want to gain advocates at the company where you wish to work. An employee referral can make all the difference, and usually does. Your superior reputation or brand is worth more than any resume, even the best. 

U.S. Department of Labor statistics underscore the importance of networking for job seekers. The department estimates that up to 80 percent of positions are ?lled without employer advertising. If you are relying on job postings as your primary job search strategy, you’re only seeing about 20 percent of what’s out there.

Chances are you have found out about a job opening and even obtained a new job through someone you know. And if you have, then you used networking to find employment.

Here’s advice to help you build or expand your network:

  1. Set up networking meetings to learn more about the company, industry and occupations you seek to work in. Learn how to set up a networking meeting agenda to get best results. Read the 20-Minute Networking Meeting by Marcia Ballinger and Nathan A. Perez to discover how.

  2. Carry a networking card with your contact information wherever you go. Use it with your elevator speech to jog a new contact’s memory, create curiosity and to share how to reach you.

  3. Network at familiar places such as sporting events, school activities or workshops to strengthen your skills.

Continue to the next six networking tips. 

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