How Job Networking can help to find a job
Networking is not nearly as hard as people make it out to be. The idea of networking has for some strange reason become despised; a certain stigma is attached to the word. It is universally recognized that networking is useful, but most people seem to think that it is also difficult and socially painful.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Networking is simply expanding the number of people who can help you get a job. More often than not, the people who get jobs quickly are the ones who know someone who knows someone. Your goal is to meet the person with the right connection to get you a shot at the job you desire.
Let’s start with some terminology:
Target: This is someone who can help you get a job in your field of choice. It can be a manager, CEO, Vice President, or any other position of importance. The key here is the ability to get you an interview. Anyone who can do that is a target.
Contact: Conacts are people who know targets.
These are friends, relatives, or coworkers of targets. Networking consists of finding contacts who arrange for you to meet with targets. That’s not so bad, is it? Let’s go through the process step-by-step.
- Create a LinkedIn Profile
- Create Business Cards
- Craft an Elevator Pitch
- Gather Contacts and Business Cards
- Add Contacts to LinkedIn
- Use Contacts to Get Meetings With Targets
- Use Meetings With Targets to Acquire Unmarketed Jobs
In order to effectively network, you will need to have a few tools at your disposal: focused social media, updated business cards and a prepared elevator pitch. We’ll go through each of these briefly before detailing the actual networking, so stay tuned for the next posts!