Your Guide to Networking Your Way to Your Dream Job


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Your Guide to Networking Your Way to Your Dream Job

  1. 1. Your guide to:Networking your wayto your dream job We’re all familiar with the phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, and never was this truer than in the world of business. Now, we’re not talking secret handshakes and underground societies, but knowing the right people (and by that, we mean people who are connected with, or knowledgeable about, the industry or company you want to be working in), can give you the inside track when it comes to securing your dream role. If you’re new to networking, the prospect can be somewhat daunting, but extending your professional network beyond the confines of your current office can work wonders for your career - as long as you approach it in the right way.Face to face networkingChoose your events carefully cocky, and remember that the people Take your own support• Not every networking event will be you meet aren’t just stepping stones • If you find the prospect of rubbing right for you, so try to choose the ones to a promotion, so be friendly and shoulders with a room full of that suit your lifestyle and interests, have fun. strangers slightly nerve-wracking, and think carefully about what you’d take someone with you to make the like to get out of each one - whether Take business cards whole thing a little less overwhelming. that’s a new job, a mentor, or meeting • Networking events are a great chance It’s best not to take the sort of friend like-minded people. to promote yourself as a brand, so you’ll want to talk to all night to the always take along business cards with exclusion of everyone else, so inviteKnow what you’re about all of your contact details on them someone who’ll put you at your ease• You’ll want to talk about your (including your phone number, email at the start of the night, but who you interests and hobbies outside of work, address and Twitter handle). And if can leave to their own devises while but you should also be prepared to you don’t have business cards - but you mingle. talk to new people about your job, don’t fancy forking out for them - get what you’re good at, and where Googling: some sites offer them for you’re aiming. Be confident, not free as a trial.Follow us
  2. 2. Network at your own pace Online networking• It’s never a good idea to race around the room with a set agenda of how Twitter Blogging many people you should be talking • Twitter is one of the easiest ways to • Blogging is a brilliant way to get your to, so try to relax and see where meet like-minded folk, because you name out there by talking about the the night takes you. If you do meet can search for the people who are things that interest you. If your blog someone you’d like to stay in contact talking about the subjects that you’re has a professional edge, even better; with, add them on Linkedin, follow interested in. You can even follow the but make sure you add your contact them on Twitter, or email them to say companies that you’d be interested details so that interested parties can that you enjoyed learning more about in working for, and try to engage in get in touch, and use Facebook, them and what they do. some relevant dialogue with them. Twitter and LinkedIn to promote any If you impress, who knows what it new posts.And if you don’t feel comfortable with could lead to - we know of plentythe thought of networking in the flesh, of people who’ve been offered jobs Follow our tried and tested tips forthe internet has made it incredibly through Twitter. God bless social effective networking and you’ll expandeasy to expand your contacts from the media. that must-have contact list in no time.comfort of your desk. And if you do need any extra advice LinkedIn when it comes to preparing for a networking event or getting your online • LinkedIn is probably the best online profile up to scratch, we’re always tool for showcasing your skills, happy to help. qualifications, work history, and recommendations; and for any freelancers out there, it can be a great way to attract new clients. As you build up your bank of useful contacts, you’ll find yourself being introduced to people outside of your network - people who might just recommend you for your dream job. Visit our website:: Download our app: Check out our other guides: us
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