Whether you’re looking for a new position so you can move on from your current job, or you’ve been laid off and need to find employment as soon as possible, using your professional network can be an effective way to find the new position you want. After all, there is a reason you spend time growing and cultivating your network – it’s because it can pay dividends in the future.
Stay Active Online
Much of today’s networking happens online. Be sure to stay active on online forums as well as LinkedIn, where a lot of professional networking can take place in a simple format. It’s an easy way to stay on top of industry trends, see what your peers are working on, and keep in touch with other experts in your industry. So, make sure to keep your online profiles updated and have easy links to your resume and professional portfolio.
Throughout your career, you should be focused on making connections with other professionals in and outside of your industry, and inside and outside of your company. Online connections are one thing, and in-person connections are another. And keep in mind that the people you connect with connect with others, who connect with others… it creates a chain that could pay serious dividends in the future. You just never know when a connection of yours knows someone else who is looking for a person of your skillset.
Attend Conferences and Seminars
While COVID-19 has made it more difficult to attend conferences and seminars that bring together large groups of people, you can still attend these events in a virtual manner. And it’s likely that we’ll see large group gatherings return in the near future. These kinds of events are extremely valuable when it comes to networking, and you can do it while you’re gainfully employed or when you’re out of work and looking for another opportunity.
See What You Can Do for Others
Remember that networking is a two-way street. It’s not all about what others can do for you… it’s equally about what you can offer for others. Try to help other professionals in your industry if you can – connect them with other people, introduce them to companies, recommend them to hiring managers… the possibilities are endless. You just never know when your good deeds will come back to you in a virtuous way.
Call in Favors When It Counts
If you’re looking for a new position, now is the time to call in those favors – it’s one of the main reasons you’ve cultivated your network all this time. If you think you may know someone who could help you get a new position, it’s time to get in touch.
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