Section 5: Networking Strategies for Finding a Job
By: Linda Van Valkenburgh, MS, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, CELDC, EQ Certified
Finding a job can be a challenging task but by utilizing effective networking strategies, you can increase your chances of success. Start creating a comprehensive list of contacts that could help you with your job search, reach out to them individually via email or phone call and invest in professional development events like conferences, workshops and seminars. Additionally, consider joining industry organizations related to the field you’re interested in as well as leveraging social networks such as LinkedIn to showcase your skillset and qualifications. Don’t forget about informational interviews either; they provide applicants with unique insights that may not be found elsewhere! By taking these steps, you will be able to make the most out of your job search journey.
1. Reach out to your professional network, current and past colleagues, friends, family, and acquaintances to let them know that you are in job search. Ask them specific questions vs. “please keep an eye out for me.” People would love to help you if only you tell them how! Ask for an introduction to someone you see they know in their contact list that works at one of your target companies, etc.
2. Join professional associations. Professional associations are a great way to network and make connections in your desired industry. Join associations related to your field, attend their events, and reach out to members to build relationships.
3. Utilize social media. Use social media to your advantage by connecting with professionals in your industry and searching for job postings. LinkedIn is a great resource for this purpose, but you should also consider joining other social media platforms related to your field.
4. Network online. Consider joining online forums, websites, and other online communities related to your desired industry. Participate in discussions and comment on relevant articles to showcase your knowledge and expertise.
5. Take on freelance work. Taking on freelance work can be a great way to gain experience and network with potential employers.
6. Follow up with employers. After you have applied for a job, follow up with the employer to demonstrate your interest and ask for an update on the status of your application. This shows that you are serious about the job and makes a good impression.
Please let me know if this helped you. If you are struggling in search, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]