How To Network
The word networking evokes many miserable memories of attending boring breakfast events, or sipping warm white wine at an awkward evening event. I am a pretty social person, but these kinds of events felt so utterly forced and uncomfortable and despite the exchange of business cards, we were all pretty deflated by the end.
⚡️Thankfully networking is much easier now and so much more fun. Whether you’re looking for a job or not, now is the time to start networking because, even if you’re happy with your job, building you profile throughout your industry is going to put you in a much stronger position when you do start to look for a job.
⚡️But how can you get started when you’re not used to doing this, especially as we can’t attend any actual events and we have no idea when large groups will be allowed to get together again? The answer is LinkedIn.
⚡️Post on your own LinkedIn page and start a discussion about your thoughts around your industry, join a group and share insights and information with your peers or even easier, jump into conversations that others have already started. Please start commenting on posts, engaging with the community you’re already in and you will be amazed at the results.
⚡️I wasn’t sure how to engage with LinkedIn despite having around 2000 connections at the time, I just didn’t know what to do, so that’s how I started. I just started commenting and from there you can connect with people who you see regularly. I have grown my connections by well over 1000 in the last year since really engaging with comments and starting to create my own posts too.
⚡️While networking isn’t a quick fix for a new job, it will raise your profile and I recently read a post on LinkedIn about someone who had found a job this week after posting about their unemployment. People want to help and you have no idea who could help you get your next position.
⚡️Get your profile set up or updated and start engaging. You won’t be sorry that you did!