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How emotional intelligence can help you find your next job

https://www.fastcompany.com/90569488/how-emotional-intelligence-can-help-you-find-your-next-job

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How emotional intelligence can help you find your next job
It’s all about knowing how to network, no matter what industry you work in.

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Emotional intelligence and networking

Emotional intelligence and networking

The way we search for jobs has changed over the last few years. According to research, 85% of jobs are filled through networking, not through looking for postings and applying directly.

Networking is not easy to do, especially for those who are naturally more introverted. It requires you to put yourself out there. With the right strategy, time, effort, and patience it can result in obtaining the job you want. Using your emotional intelligence can help you to network effectively.

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Go over your social media accounts

Most organization will fill positions internally with people they are familiar with and trust, rather than taking a greater risk with an outsider.

Think strategically about all your social media profiles and posts. Consider what is likely to impress a potential employer, such as your achievements and awards, the teams you are part of, and volunteer activities.

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Reach out to people from your industry

Platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter can be used to find people in your field or industry you want to work for. Look at their profile for anything similar that you can connect with, such as similar goals or interests.

Then reach out. Ask if you can have a bit of their time to ask some questions. If they agree, ensure to have well-prepared questions. The purpose is to gather information and make a connection, not to pitch yourself.

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Be helpful

Look for opportunities to do something for your connection.

When someone connects with you on LinkedIn, thank them and ask if there is anything you can do for them. It can lead to valuable connections and partnerships. Always follow up your meeting with a thank-you note.

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Keep the connection alive

The sooner you start networking, the more potential results will come your way. Maintain your connections by looking for opportunities to support the people in your network.

Write positive reviews and let them know. Add comments on their blogs and posts. Acknowledge and compliment them on any promotions they receive. Even if the connection does not lead anywhere, you've gained experience that will help in future efforts.

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Purpose of Career Networking

It involves using personal, professional, academic or familial contacts to assist with a job search, achieve career goals, or learn more about your field, or another field you'd like to work in....

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  1. Include the right people: anyone who can assist you with a career move
  2. Know what your career network can do for you
  3. Keep in touch - work your network: People are more willing to help when they know who you are
  4. Give to get - what can you do for your career network
  5. Keep track of your network

    make sure you know who is who, where they work, and how to get in touch.

  6. Network online
  7. Attend networking events.

Networking is necessary

We have to get over the belief that being competent and qualified means we shouldn't need help finding a new job.

We feel this way because networking makes us feel vulnerable. We are a...

Networking is effective

Hiring managers want job candidates whom they know they can trust. That is why they prefer candidates who come through personal referrals.

Referrals have a 50 percent chance of getting an interview, while non-referrals have only a 3 percent chance. Referrals or internal candidates fill up to 80 percent of jobs.

How to network

Networking is not just talking to strangers - it is also initiating career conversations with your existing acquaintances.

Keep these questions in mind: Can your siblings, neighbors, friends, hairdresser or other regular contacts describe your aspirations and particular expertise in one or two sentences? Can you explain theirs?

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Convey genuine appreciation

Actively project warmth and high energy. People like you when they feel liked by you.

To make it clear you’re interested in the other person, think about what they know that you don...

Listen with intent

Being a good listener is about two things: 

  1. Demonstrating that you’ve heard exactly what was said by the other person.
  2. Encouraging them to continue. This breaks down into what’s called “backchanneling” — offering short, enthusiastic responses as the other person talks (i.e. “yeah” “mm-hmm” “totally” “I can see that”), and asking follow up questions that reference the information you were just given.

Use humility markers

Acknowledging your own fallibility and human imperfection can go a long way toward making yourself relatable. Especially if there’s a power dynamic where someone is asking for your advice, attention or help, you want to put the other person at ease.

Taking the time to call or meet in person also expresses humility.