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Networking is a Game Changer in Helping with your Job Search

Why network? In today’s business world networking has become a big deal. Meeting people who can provide mentorship or at least put you in touch with individuals that can steer you in the right direction is key to success in a job search or even when running your own business. For some, it’s very natural to meet new people and develop relationships but for others it can be challenging even terrifying at times. Networking is like a garden that requires supervision and maintenance to deliver you success. So how do you become a successful networker? There’s really no real science to it. It’s getting yourself out there and just doing it.

Join clubs, groups and meet people who have similar interests. Volunteer or attend a fundraiser that you are enthusiastic about. Having similar interests will make it easier for you to get involved and immerse yourself in the activity, which will allow you to be more available to the people around you. You need to be visible in order to meet people. Connection is the key to building a strong network. So don’t go home right after work, go out for dinner with colleagues, attend local events, conferences and networking events.

Building trust is another key variable to building a good network. You have to cultivate real, deep relationships with your contacts before you can ask them for a favour or expect them to help you find a job. Building confidence with your network takes an investment of time on your part. Remember, people who don’t really know you, won’t refer or promote you.

Having a diverse network is also a key factor in building a strong solid network. You need to look beyond your connections and get to know people who are not like you, who are not in your industry, or social group. This means expanding outside of your comfort zone to meet diverse people. By diversifying your network, you can meet the connectors who can put you in touch with individuals that can point you to the road that leads to success.

Be open to asking genuine and thought-provoking questions. Also, prepare yourself to do more of the listening by allowing the other person to do most of the talking. This will help you understand them better and give them a positive feeling about your exchange. This will not only help you gain more information about the person but it will also give you details about them that you can use for follow-up conversations at a later date. Be open to joining a conversation during a break and introducing yourself. Most people are okay with being interrupted and it gives them a chance to meet someone new. If the conversation seems too serious, you can politely excuse yourself and move on.

Consider how you can help others but drawing connections within your own network. You might have the opportunity to be the matchmaker yourself and introduce your contacts in their service or industry to these new networks. Make sure to follow through with both parties to find out what happened with their interaction. It can help you out in the future and also allow you work on your “connector” skills.

Now you are one step closer to becoming an expert networker.

Happy Networking!

By Andrea Theophilos, Social Media Marketing, Adecco Canada

Andrea Theophilos manages Adecco Canada’s social media platforms. She possesses over 18 years of marketing and event management experience and has worked in various industries that include travel, government, healthcare, finance and staffing. 

Six Dating Tips for Networking

Is it any wonder why there are speed dating and speed networking events? Is a social or business networking website all that different from a dating site? Should we be surprised to find out that tweeting can elevate levels of oxytocin – the hormone responsible for feelings of love and intimacy? When it comes down to it, both networking and dating involve hitting it off with a stranger in the hopes that a mutually beneficial relationship will flourish. This is why many of the rules that apply to the dating scene apply to the networking scene as well. So the next time you’re looking to get down to business, keep the following networking tips in mind. Read more

Warding Away the Work Winter Blues

As discussed in our previous post about the best times to apply for a job, February is peak season for hiring managers. So if you haven’t already, now’s the time to practice those interview skills, polish up that resume, and apply, apply, apply!…But it sounds exhausting, doesn’t it? Don’t you just want to stay curled up in bed, shielded from the piercing chill of winter’s icy and unwavering clutch, only venturing into the greyness of the world for sustenance, a pale ghost of your former self with breath only to curse the banality of it all?…Well, it sounds like you have a case of the winter blues! Believe it or not, almost everyone’s life turns into a German art house film after the holidays. And as profound as those feelings may seem, they’re actually perfectly natural. Once you accept that, there’s no need to let them get in the way of your career goals. Below are a few ways to ward off the winter blues and rescue your February job hunt. Read more

The Social Media Job Search Jungle & Twitter

Twitter may not strike you as an obvious job search site, but some argue that’s exactly what makes it so useful; the less people there are looking for jobs on Twitter, the better your chances are for landing one. Organizations post job openings on Twitter all the time – and that’s especially true of employment agencies. For instance, you’ll find an abundance of opportunities if you follow Adecco’s Twitter account. Bottom line, if you’re interested in working at a certain organization, start following both the organization’s account and the accounts of individuals who work there. And this is easy enough to do since you can follow people on Twitter without having to obtain their permission (which is not true of Facebook or LinkedIn). Read more

The Social Media Job Search Jungle & LinkedIn

Unlike Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn focuses solely on professional networking. In fact, simply being on LinkedIn is considered a mark of professionalism these days. That’s because your LinkedIn profile is essentially an online resume filled with interactive features that can increase your visibility in the eyes of employers. In this article, we look at what you can do to leverage LinkedIn to its full potential. Read more

The Social Media Job Search Jungle & Facebook

Many online job boards and recruiting agencies – including Adecco – have specially designed applications you can access through their Facebook pages. Any good job search should include Facebook as a resource, and that starts by “liking” the Facebook pages of the organizations you’re interested in working for as well as those of recruiters and job search aggregators. While you don’t necessarily have to “like” the pages to use their apps, “liking” them will populate your newsfeed with updates so that you can stay on top of new opportunities.

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