Why Networking Skills Are Paramount for Getting A Job
Have you ever been to a job interview and wondered why the employer was so intent on getting you to join their team? Maybe it seemed a little strange, but you were willing to give it a go anyway because you’re desperate for work. Why? Because in this economy, no one can afford not to get a job. If you’ve ever gone through something similar, then you know what we mean. Even if you haven’t, let us explain: employers care about hiring people with specific skills that are critical for their company or department. These are called ‘soft skills’ because they aren’t as obviously connected to a person as your mastery of accounting theory or computer programming might be. Soft skills refer specifically to the manner in which someone interacts with others (and especially how they communicate). They also describe someone who is friendly and well-liked by others, rather than introverted or disliked as much as possible by anyone else. These two definitions of soft skills intersect in networkers—people who have many close ties with other people via social media sites like Facebook or LinkedIn.
Your Network is Your Job Search Weapon
Employers are looking for candidates that can make an impact on their business. If you have the skills and expertise to apply these to a position, you’ve already got a leg up on the competition. A network is a way to find people who might know these people, or who need these skills for their company. That’s why networking is so important: you have to have skills that are in demand and a network can find out where those are. Your network can also help you find a job. A good job search starts with finding the right people to reach out to, and your network is a great place to start. Networking is often described as “the art of helping other people find their own jobs,” and that’s true whether you’re looking for work or hiring someone new.
How to build a strong network
The most powerful part of a network is your existing relationships. These will take you much further than any new acquaintances, and they’re always waiting for you to invite them to join your social circle. Your family, friends, current and former teachers, neighbours, colleagues, and even your barista at the local coffee shop can all help you find a job, but only if you invite them to do so. Begin by asking people in your current network if they know anyone who might need certain skills for a certain job. For example, if you’re looking for a job in marketing, ask your friend if she knows anyone who needs a copywriter. This is a great way to get a head start on things and meet some people who can help you with your job search. Once you start building a network, it can be easy to continue expanding it.
Why you need to know how to network
Networking isn’t just for getting a job or finding a new assignment. It’s a critical skill that will serve you throughout your career. Networking is how you develop your professional network and get the most out of your professional relationships. Networking is important because it enables you to expand your professional relationships. If you’re working with one person, you’ll end up being a lot better off if you can meet others who can help you with your work. This can be especially important in organizations with a large workforce, like a school district where there might be 50 teachers and school administrators. Network with people who work for or with the person you want to meet—people who work in their department or are related to someone who does. You can also network with people outside of your work environment, like your local community college professor and people in your neighbourhood who may need help.
Finding an entry point into the world of networking
Now that you know why you need to network and how to build a strong network, it’s time to find some people to connect with. Start with the people you already know, and look for ways to invite them to help you with your job search. At your current job, reach out to HR or your manager and offer to help with recruiting or hiring, or just by sharing a few job postings with your friends.
Networking is a powerful and useful way to find jobs, but it’s also essential for getting ahead in your career. Be sure to identify the skills that employers need and find people who have these skills and have high-level connections. You can also learn how to network online as there are many online networks and communities that can help you expand your network. Network with people who have similar goals and professional interests. You can also look for groups or events where you can meet new people who share your interests. These will help you find new connections and build a stronger network that will help you get ahead in your career.