The Art of Networking

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You know what they say – “It’s not what you know but who you know.” Well, this applies to finding your next role. Whether you have been recently retrenched, coming back into the workforce after a long spell away or simply looking for a career change, networking is a skill you need to develop and practice.

Here are three networking opportunities you can tap into :

  1. Create a LinkedIn profile outlining your skills, education and other attributes. This is very simple and you can build your profile in minutes. Once you have a profile seek some groups to join and follow. Interacting with people in the same area of work and sharing your knowledge will allow you to network with those that matter.
  1. Seek out your professional membership association and ask them if they have Networking Events that you can attend. These don’t cost much and they are a great way to meet people that are currently in the industry and potentially always looking for new talent.
  1. Join MeetUp and seek groups that are focused on your areas of interest. Meet-Ups are a great new way to meet people in a relaxed social environment and get to know them on a personal level. You never know who you may meet!

When initiating a networking conversation, never start with “ I am looking for work” or “ Do you have any vacancies?” The art of networking is all about positioning yourself as someone they need to talk to and get to know better. So start with something like “ What do you see as the biggest challenges in your organisation today?” Then based on their response, address that with how you can overcome the challenge they are facing and why they need you!

Networking is a skill – the more you practice it, the better you will become at it.

Talk to Workfast for how you can continue to develop your job seeking opportunities and find your next role sooner.

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One thought on “The Art of Networking

  1. Hi Con – Some really great tips on networking. It really is about who you know and not what you know. As a HR Professional I encourage everyone to get out there and build themselves a work portfolio and be seen and heard in as many relevant groups as you can. I am a pro-active networker on the Gold Coast of Australia and that is what keeps my business growing. You do though need to go to events with an end purpose in mind and be wary of becoming consumed with the HUGE amount of opportunities to network. Choose events after researching who is going and also what the guest speaker topics are. Most of all have fun and be authentic. Cheers Paulette

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