I get it. Networking can be daunting, especially if you’re unsure where to start. But, let me tell you, it’s a crucial part of finding a new job or getting a promotion. And the good news is I have some tips to make it easier for you.
First things first, you need to be able to articulate what kind of position you’re seeking quickly. This is called an elevator speech, and the goal is to be able to pitch yourself in just 30 seconds – the time it takes for an elevator to travel a few floors. I don’t expect you to practice this on strangers in elevators, but the concept is sound. So, develop a short, informative speech that can be adapted based on the listener, timing, and location.
Next, let’s utilize technology to our advantage. Your LinkedIn profile is great for building connections with potential employers and colleagues. Take advantage of the ample character limits and write short paragraphs showcasing your knowledge, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving abilities in your About and Experience sections. This is your chance to honestly and authentically highlight your accomplishments.
And don’t forget about email. Use it to keep in touch with your network and let them know what’s going on in your career. Make sure to share something of interest to them, like a link or journal article!
Finally, keep in mind that networking is never done. You’ll have different goals and projects throughout your career, and your network will expand beyond just finding a job. So, embrace the continuous process of networking and don’t be afraid to reach out and make new connections.
I know networking can feel like a lot, but with these three easy steps, you’ll be able to break it down into manageable tasks and reach your networking goals. Good luck!
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