Whether local or on a bigger scale, there are always a number of networking events for your industry or discipline where you can discover like-minded individuals and organisations.
Job fairs are an excellent place to meet people and discover new opportunities that are available.
Social networks are now a key tool when it comes to networking and job-hunting. Being active and having a complete profile is critical.
Talk to people
It seems obvious but to network effectively and build a relationship you need to talk to people. For some, this comes naturally but for others, it can require a little bit of courage and confidence. But to network, as obvious as it sounds, you need to talk.
Know what you’re talking about and leave an impression
Networking works both ways. Both for you and the people you are talking to, as a result, you need to make sure that you leave a lasting impression. This can be done multiple ways, but you need to make sure that you are clued up about the industry you’re in. It will help the conversation to flow and get across to the person you are trying to network with so that you know what you’re talking about.
Set a future date and get contact details
Towards the end of the conversation, you need to make sure that you nail down a future meeting or arrangement to catch up again. Simple dialogue between two people can be great and fulfilling, but make sure you have the next steps in place and contact details. This could be as much as a formal meeting, catching coffee or a simple e-mail to keep in touch – but make sure you continue to aim to build the relationship over time.
Sounds like a simple one but following up is important. Life is incredibly busy, especially at work where a million things can happen so if you don’t hear back from your new network buddy, don’t be afraid to follow up and send a quick message. It may even secure you an interview further down the road.
Just Do It
At the end of the day, you just need to do it. It can be scary to reach out to new people but what’s the worst that can happen? The best possible result is that you gain a new contact within your industry that can provide you with new opportunities that could take your career and salary to a whole new level. In preparation, make sure that your CV is up to date.
Networking and PE Global
Whether you are ready to move into a new role as soon as possible or are looking to expand your personal network for opportunities further on down the line, make sure you stay connected with PE Global for the newest roles and the next step in your career.