Six ways to network for career change
In one of my recent blog posts I talked about networking especially during these pandemic times. In this post I would like to expand on that with 6 ways to network to find or change careers.
Do you know that 80% of new jobs are found by networking?
So how do you network during a pandemic when many of us are isolated or not meeting physically?
1. Set up a LinkedIn profile
One way of networking that is becoming more and more popular is via LinkedIn. There are 700 million LinkedIn users.
If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, set that up first. Your profile is like your online resume so make sure it is professional with all your relevant qualifications and experience listed. Focus particularly on optimizing the top half of your profile as this is what will create the first impressions – if employers don’t see what they are looking for they will move on to the next profile.
2. Make LinkedIn Connections
Although it is possible that employers or human resource managers will search LinkedIn and find you, you can’t rely only on that, so you have to be proactive and network. Start by making personal connections on LinkedIn with people you know.
Then search for connections in your profession or in companies that you would like to work for. You may find people you are already connected with and that is a great place to start. . Look up the company you are applying to work for, search for any connections you already have and send a connection request. Begin to build relationships, ask questions about the company, ask for advice. Extend your network.further by connecting with new people with similar interests. At the same time, you can join Industry or profession specific groups. Interact in the groups, comment on the posts and be genuinely helpful this will help you to make more connections and build more relationships.
3. Build relationships
Remember that building relationships with the right people is the key to your success. So once you have established connections you must continue to engage with your Network You can do that by sending personal messages or complimenting others on their accomplishments ((LinkedIn has built in features you can use for this but it will be more effective if you personalize the automatic template). You can also reach out to connections and ask them to talk about what they do, as well as Interacting on the Newsfeed by liking or commenting on your connections post and writing your own posts.
4. Craft your elevator pitch
Your elevator pitch is a 30 second introduction that tells someone what you do and what you are looking for. It should be clear and concise and contain the following information
Who you are and who you help.
Why are you passionate about what you do?
What makes you unique (what are your biggest accomplishments)?
How does the current opportunity align with your goals and aspiration?
Depending on the situation ask the listener if they know of any openings.
Your elevator pitch can be used when networking face to face, in written form on LinkedIn and also at a job interview when you are asked the question “Tell us about yourself”.
Having an Elevator pitch in your toolbox will build your confidence and make you stand out
5. Be social
Meet people in “real life’ (if you can) by attending networking events. Many of these types of events are now being held on Zoom. Your Elevator Pitch will be very handy at these face to face or Zoom events.
6. Ask for help.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seek out people who seem to know a lot of people and are good at connecting people. Tell everyone you know or meet that you are looking for employment. You never know who might know someone who knows someone who can help you. Just remember 80% of jobs are found by networking.
I am here to help when you are ready!