While looking for a new job, you’re going to spend the majority of your time searching for job openings online – this is a sign of the times. Besides applying for various jobs on job boards and through company websites, you may want to brush off your networking skills to help you in your search. Here are three tips that you can use to assist you with networking your way into a new job.
1. Update Your LinkedIn Profile
Now that you’re looking for a new job, this is the perfect time to spruce up your LinkedIn profile. Take the time to update your job skills, previous job accomplishments, education, etc. Potential employers, recruiters, and hiring managers will be checking out your profile, so make sure you’re presenting your online self in the best light possible. While on LinkedIn, take a stab at connecting with 5-10 professional in the field you’re interested in, or are already working for companies you’re interested in working for. Let them know why you’re interested in their organization or field, and share with them some brief information about who you are and what you do professionally. Being proactive can open you up to an abundance of new job opportunities you wouldn’t have found out about otherwise.
2. Reach Out to Your Alumni Networks
If you’ve ever graduated from a school, training program, internship, etc., that means in some way you’re formally (or informally) apart of an alumni network. Take the time to attend any local events sponsored by your alumni group to engage in some in-person networking. Show your face, engage in meaningful conversations with people from your past, and share with them that you’re seeking a new opportunity. Overall, people definitely know other people, and through their connections, you then become exposed to a whole new world of professionals and new job opportunities.
3. Get Engaged… On Social Media
Yes, you’ve already started using your LinkedIn profile, but as we all know there’s more than one social media platform. Take some time to use your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts to join various online groups related to your profession and get to posting! Share interesting (and relevant) articles, professional advice, etc. If you see something interesting that someone else posted – reply to it. Before you know it, you’ll gain several new professional connections to add to your network. Keep in mind, if you do decide to use your personal Facebook or Twitter pages, clean it up first and remember to keep it professional!