As the job market becomes more competitive, the old adage of “It’s not what you know, but who you know” is more relevant now than ever. Networking is a major factor when it comes to job searching, as well as securing that crucial interview. Master the Art of Networking, presented by Career Connections, highlighted several tips for building your network and maximizing the impact of those in your network, including:
- Network can include anyone you come in contact with on a regular basis, including friends, co-workers, social/community groups, service providers (hair stylist, doctor, accountant)
- Use informal interviews with people in the field or profession you are interested in to gain a better understanding of what is expected from people who work in that field
- 4 types of network contacts: sources, recommenders, decision makers, and linkers
- Ensure that your social media profiles are professional and clear of anything that could have a negative impact on your image, such as photos, opinions, and use of language
- Create an Elevator Pitch that is short and sums up your major goals and competencies in case you have an opportunity to meet new contact for your network or potential hiring managers
For more information on networking, please visit the Master the Art of Networking webpage from Career Connections, available at http://careerconnections.nj.gov/careerconnections/prepare/networking/master_the_art_of_networking_index.shtml.