Have you ever wondered how that friend of yours that really wasn’t qualified for a job received a better paying job with more holidays than you? You could give them the benefit of the doubt that they interviewed well, but in all likelihood, this probably was due to their networking skills.
Networking is one of those lost arts that social media has, more or less, watered down. In a world where people value followers on Instagram more than actual job performance, it can be hard to network based on your resume.
In the modern work environment, networking is more important than ever. Consider these tips to find your next job through networking.
Avoid Being Shy
This is the first and most obvious step to landing your next job by networking. To be honest, it’s rare to see someone in a very high position of power when they are shy or timid.
If you’re looking to take your job to the next level, it’s important to look at complete measures of success and understand that, in most cases, one simply cannot be shy.
You’ll need to exit your comfort zone and take on tasks that might not be geared to your strengths. Only by stepping out of your comfort zone will you begin to see that networking really isn’t that difficult.
Freelancing can be one of the most effective ways to network.
Just by creating a profile, at LinkedIn for example, you’ve entered the world of contractors and freelancers who meet each other solely on experience and judgement. If you’re good at your work, you’ll stand out and develop a deep list of contacts that you can call upon for extended work or even full-time jobs.
In fact, most freelancers go on to start their own business, which in some cases can lead to huge success and an even better job down the road.
Update Your Social Media Profiles
In a digital world, the new word of mouth is a share or retweet. Virtually all communicating is done online. For this reason, making a professional and striking online presence is essential.
This means creating profiles on social media – not to boast about the big fish you caught last week, but to show your success and hardships (people value real profiles).
Think of the social media game as an opportunity to show potential employers who you are and what you do. After all, the hiring staff and HR reps don’t only look at LinkedIn!
Friends of Friends
For some companies, keeping a tight-knit idea of hiring is important. For that reason, friends of friends can be an important step in networking for your next job.
This doesn’t mean that you must start sending out friend requests to every random mutual friend. However, the next time your co-worker asks you to come to a dinner party, don’t stay home and watch Netflix. Go enjoy a glass of scotch with some like-minded individuals.
Who knows? A friend of a friend might become your best friend and a colleague at the job of your dreams!
Start networking today! You’ll likely make some pretty amazing connections!
Marsha Guerrier is a bestselling author, speaker, trainer, business analyst, business coach, and CEO of HerSuiteSpot®, a MWBE and SBE certified small business consulting and coaching agency that provides online and in-person support to early stage female founders looking to accelerate their business.