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Being a professional doesn’t mean you always have to work or find a job alone and get things done by yourself. Having some job networking skills can certainly pay off in a competitive world of being employed. Did you know that having a job, more often than not, is because of references made by your connections or the professional network you expose yourself to or have?
The Importance of Job Networking in Your Personal Career
A lot of jobs are never actually advertised, and more often than not, employees of a company are the ones who spread the word about having vacancies. This is why networking and having a professional set of connections can help you get your next job.
What networking does is to open your doors to more opportunities with or without you actually knowing about it! It works in unexpected ways and sometimes you’ll be surprised at how an acquaintance was actually the person who led you to your career.
Building a Professional Network
You already know how to build a network. Simply knowing a new person and building a relationship can help expand your reach and get you a wider horizon. Job networking for job opportunities doesn’t always have to be in an aggressive manner where you promote yourself to get noticed.
When you meet someone new, introduce yourself and start small talk. You can talk about your interests, where you work, your hobbies and preoccupations. One thing will lead to another and if you’re lucky, this new acquaintance might give you your much awaited ticket to success. Talk about your educational background and associations, or perhaps talk about the things you enjoy doing best and mention where you currently work. By opening your availability as a professional, you are subconsciously making this person remember that they know you and that you might be a good candidate for when they come across a vacancy.
Take care of your previous co-workers and the relationship you have with them. You never know when they can send you an email or give you a call saying they have this good break and that you can fill in this position. Staying in touch with colleagues from your previous job will also pay off.
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The most important thing when you go for job networking is to stay in communication and within reach of your connections. This may be through e-mail correspondences, social media accounts, or social gatherings you are invited to. Building an online profile on LinkedIn can also help you grow your professional network on the internet. Being seen by these people can remind them one day at a time when you need it that they know you and your professional background and that they can actually recommend you!