4 Networking Strategies You Probably Aren’t Using (for Job Hunters)

4 Networking Strategies You Probably Aren’t Using (for Job Hunters)


people have asked me what is the best
way to start looking for work my response is always right now with
networking. *music* You may not realise it but your best tool when looking for work is to network. Now don’t cringe I know what you’re thinking librarianship is a small
field and particularly in Australia everyone knows everyone else.
Therefore it’s to your advantage to go to industry events to learn and to be
seen. In this way networking as a constant, it’s an action that should
motivate you to show an interest in your profession and help you strategically
plan your next move. Most people know that it’s good practice when you’re
applying for a job to do a little bit of research, like looking at the company
finding out what department you’ll be working in, check out their values, speak
the language. It’s the same for networking you do a little bit of
research about the event or conference that you want to attend. You find out
about the people or the group hosting it how long have they been doing it, what
are their values? So I guess what I’m saying is your first step to effective
networking is to research. Now that you’ve got a sense of the event you’d
best attend it. Some say that it’s great to bring a mate along with you to events
that you’re going to do for the first time. I however would recommend you don’t
there’s also the potential that it might backfire if your mate ends up telling a
funny yet not entirely appropriate story of some antics you got up to over
Christmas. It can be hard to like that type of first impression from a
potential employers mind. When you’re at the event listen to the speakers and try
to have some questions in mind to ask after they finished. Be
honest when you talk to people afterwards, mention why the event drew
you in and ask them what they liked about it. Keep in mind the benefits of
networking don’t happen overnight it’ll take time for people to recognise you at
events so keep at it because this is your chance to connect with people. After
a while you’ll recognise people and they’ll recognise you, and this is your chance to
build a more complete picture of yourself for them. Talk about your
studies or an issue that you’ve had at work. It’s at this point that you’re on
display for future employers so always be respectful especially when you
encounter a point of view that may be different from your own. And so without
even realising it you’ve built yourself a network and this would be the perfect
time to start following up with the people that you’ve met. Find out about
training that they’ve been to and ask their opinion of it. If you find out
about something that they are interested in let them know. You will get out of
networking what you put in, so with that thought in mind when asked I like to
help the people within my network because you never know when or how that help
will be returned. Below in the doobly-doo did I just say that? Okay,
below in the description I’ve got links to various places where you can network
online or in person because there are way too many of them for me to mention
here. But if you think I forgot any write them in the comments below because I’d
love to hear about them. So to recap what are the steps of networking research, connect, follow-up, and help out. I hope
this video has been helpful and given you some idea on how to tackle
networking. Stay tuned for my next video because it will be about your online
presence and how to make it shine DFTBA – bye bye

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