With many hiring managers receiving an overabundance of resumes for each open position, standing out from the large pool of candidates is crucial. One of the most successful ways to get noticed by hiring managers is to have someone professionally refer you or give the manager a heads up that you've applied. If you don't currently have many professional contacts, don't lose hope in your job search. Speed up your job search and expand your professional network with these tips:
These events are beneficial because everyone is there for the same reason, so it cuts down on the awkwardness of how to transition interactions into professional networking. Be prepared with an introduction and questions to ask.
More and more networking is done via social media, so even if you're shy or have a busy schedule that makes it challenging to meet up with people, you can still grow your network. Interact in industry discussions, ask questions in professional forums and post relevant content. You'll be able to make connections with a common point of interest, and have an easy mode of contact to maintain the relationship.
Become a member of a professional organization to grow your network. You'll be informed about exclusive conferences and networking events to check out. Plus, being involved gives you more opportunities to meet people in your field, keep tabs on industry news and learn valuable information on how to grow your career.
Don't limit yourself by thinking your professional network has to be comprised of only people for which you've personally worked with or met. Being part of a common larger network is a great way to expand your contacts because people may feel a connection with you due to your shared interest or background. For example, tap into your alumni association for recommendations or even ask your current friends or professional contacts if they know of anyone they think you should meet.
Volunteering not only helps you contribute to a notable cause, it can also organically develop your professional network. You'll get the opportunity to establish a stellar reputation with the employees at the organization, as well interact with other people in your area, and build up skills and experience for your resume.
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