Career Advice

Broaden Your Horizons by Networking

Job Grizzly 10 January, 2017

One of the key secrets to getting that position you've always wanted doesn't have to do as much with what you know but instead who you know. Networking has always played a huge role in finding a job, but its importance to job seekers everywhere has increased significantly in recent years. By understanding the steps that you should be taking to increase your networking effectiveness, you can increase the overall chances that you'll land that position of your dreams.

One of the keys to networking has always been meeting new people and making the best first impression possible. You can do this in a number of ways depending on the industry that you're trying to break into. If you are applying for positions in IT and see that a technology conference is happening in your area, for example, make sure that you attend. Be prepared with samples of your work and start conversations with the professionals who are representing various businesses and companies at the event. Attend panels that are going on at the event, dress professional, interact with professionals and always make sure that you're putting your best foot forward.

Learn to sell yourself as quickly as possible. People who are successful in the business you're trying to break into are usually successful for a reason - they're incredibly busy. As a result, the type of people you should be networking with won't necessarily have time to read a 2000 word email or spend a lot of time looking at your LinkedIn profile. Learn how to sell yourself effectively, but embrace the concept of brevity wherever possible.

Another important element of networking has always involved what happens after that initial connection has been made. Once you've met someone who could potentially help you get a job, be sure to follow up with them in a few days or even a week or more. If someone gives you their business card, for example, send them a polite email following up on the conversation that you had in the future. Remember that it's always important not to be pushy, however. One email will do. Sending multiple emails and generally bothering a person will close a potential door incredibly fast.