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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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