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THE POWER OF NETWORKING


What does it mean to network?


There are many ways to network your way into a new position. With the introduction of virtual networking events, job fairs, and social media apps, the opportunity to digitally expand your network has increased tremendously.


In 2021, meeting the right people who can help you launch your career is equally as important as your experience and skills. Many people may think networking means cold-calling and asking for a job, however, there is an art to communicating with other people.


Networking doesn’t have to be pushy or aggressive, or remain at surface-level casual conversation. It's about establishing a real connection with others. Some job seekers struggle with social communication, while others are networking gurus.


One of the most important parts of networking is getting to know people better BEFORE asking them for favors. Successful networking entails displaying sincere interest in the individual you are interacting with. The goal is to develop a genuine relationship, establish your credibility, and share knowledge and information about your similar interests.


There are many ways to learn how to become a successful networker. Networking is an ongoing process that requires consistency, organization and great communication skills. We have provided tips on how to talk yourself into a new job!


10 TIPS TO TALK YOUR WAY INTO A NEW JOB


1.Network Through Others

There is nothing better than a good referral. If you have peers who know people you'd like to connect with, ask for a referral or an introduction. Referrals are more likely to receive a warm welcome if you receive an introduction from a mutual connection.


2. Utilize Social Media

Social media has been one of the most effective methods to digital networking. It has allowed professionals to expand their network without the anxiety or pressure of meeting face-to-face. Apps such as Linkedin, Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook are great channels to find and connect with contacts in your industry.


Commenting on posts about relevant topics and messaging contacts directly is a great way to begin a conversation. Once both parties are comfortable, meet in person to further strengthen the connection.


3. Ask and You Shall Receive

Networking extends beyond simply asking one question in order to get referred for a job. Instead, ask for information about their current role. Get to know them, then share your background to find common ground. once the connection is established, ask if they have a contact at the company that may be able to assist you further or answer some questions you may have.


The main goal when networking should be to build a genuine relationship.


4. Let Your Resume Talk For You

Asking those currently in the roles that interest your career path to take a look at your resume and provide feedback allows your resume and experience to reach their eyes. Ask for tips of improvement and also if they can share your resume to the appropriate contacts after applying their suggested edits.


5. Keep Track Of Time-Pitch Your Summary

We've all heard the phrase “time is money” right? On average, an 'elevator pitch' is a 30-second window to 'pitch' and share information on your background. Always prepare a quick summary of your experience to have on standby to 'WOW' the person that you are speaking with.


6. Don’t Talk Too Much

Everyone loves a good story, especially when the story contains relevant information about how you've developed your interest in your field. Sharing your background is a great way to break the ice. Try to make your story interesting to drawn others into the conversation. People tend to be attracted to hearing how you've overcome an obstacle and prevailing with success.


7.Share Your Story

Everyone loves a good story, especially when the story contains relevant information about how you've developed your interest in your field. Sharing your background is a great way to break the ice. Try to make your story interesting to drawn others into the conversation. People tend to be attracted to hearing how you've overcome an obstacle and prevailing with success.


8.Expand Your Interests

Not only does networking expands your contacts, but it should also expand your interests. Meeting new people and listening to what they do can streamline you into a new industry and a new position. Everyone you know, knows someone else that may have an interesting job your skills and experience can be of use for.


9.Follow Up

Opportunities are missed when there is not follow-up. Be sure to remind a new connection how soon you will follow up with them, then follow up. Help them to remember you by repeating part of your conversation and including it in the message, A friendly email, social media message or a phone call are great outlets to reach out.


10. Never Forget To Say Thank You

You want to show your new connections that you are appreciative of their assistance. Be sure to send your thanks via email or with a phone call. If you are meeting in person, verbally thank them again for meeting before and after the conversation.


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