Networking is great for business development, but more often than not, it’s key to career development. Whether you’re in search of your first job or seeking a career change, you need to be networking!
Networking is marketing. Marketing yourself, marketing your uniqueness, marketing what you stand for. – Christine Comaford-Lynch
The vast majority of job vacancies are never advertised and part of a hidden job market. Experts say at least 75% of job openings are part of this hidden market. To be in the loop, you must network.
Here is a list of dos and don’ts to help you get started:
- Do join professional organizations related to your field.
- Do network online. LinkedIn is a great online networking tool. Read 20 Critical Dos and Don’ts of LinkedIn Networking.
- Do volunteer (volunteer opportunities often lead to job opportunities).
- Do always have business cards or copies of your resume on hand when attending a networking event.
- Do keep track of your networking. Use Horizon Point’s Networking Log.
- Don’t only talk to those you know at networking events. The entire purpose is to grow your network. Branch out and meet new people.
- Don’t overshare – especially in relation to anything negative about your current or previous employer or job.
Check out Networking Your Way to a New Job for more great ideas and let the networking begin!