Wrong. In 2016, 70% of people were hired at a company they had a pre-existing connection with.
Networking events are an amazing way to expand your corporate network, but networking is also a great tool for your personal gain. When you are in the midst of looking for a new career, networking should become of great importance for both your current organisation but your future options too, whether it be moving along the career ladder or getting into a better environment, you never know when you might need the connections you’ve made.
The right circles
Carefully attend networking events that include people who could aid your next career move, if you work/are interested in the Engineering sector there would be no point attending a Marketing network event. Pick wisely, correct circles could include ex-colleagues, friends, groups with similar interests, your university alumni or even neighbours.
Work your network
Don’t be a backseat networker, be actively engaged in whatever circles you enter. Even if it is just a keep in touch email once every so often, or post in a group online. People are much more inclined to help people they are closer too, it’s a case of the more you put in the more you get out when it comes to working your group.
Give and take
Networking works both ways, a “your scratch my back” type encounter. If you come across useful information such as a blog, or a job to fit a fellow job seeker make them aware of it. The idea of a career networking can be a selfish activity for self-gain but don’t forget to reciprocate where possible.
On the line
Social media can help build networks, ease regular communication efforts and open new doors within other networks. Linkedin is a great tool for this, you can join groups of interest, connect with people freely and share relevant topics straight onto their feeds. There is a number of different online platforms created with networking in mind, more popping up every year so find the platform that suits you best.
Off the line
68% of entry-level professional’s value face-to-face networking more than online. With millennials usually favouring the latest tech this is a surprising statistic, it shows the value behind putting faces to names, building personal professional relationships.
If you, or your current company, belong to any professional bodies then attend the meetups they put on, these circles are relevant, so you will find they are more likely to have the same goals and are happy to exchange business cards or other contact information
Over80% of job seekers say that their network has helped with their job search. So however you choose to network for your career make sure you follow these steps to ensure its successful and you get the most from it. Network building is a marathon not a race so, make sure you are present and helpful amongst the right audience.