Do you know what is the most efficient method of job hunting? You may have guessed it right; it’s networking.
But what if you hate networking? Are you banished to the confines of job boards, hoping that you will somehow stand out amongst the millions of other job seekers?
If networking is not your favorite thing to do, but you know you need to do it for your career advancement, here are three tips to get you started.
Build your comfort level
Start with people who you know and feel very comfortable with. This might include family members, close friends, and colleagues that you have formed close relationships with. Tell these people what you need, whether it is a new job or a mentor, or career advice, and ask them to refer you to people in their networks who are in a position to help. By having people close to you break the ice for you with people that they know, you can network from a position of strength.
Network in a way that is comfortable for you
There are many books on networking that have been published, and many of the tips can be beneficial, but if you try to network in a way that does not fit who you are, you are likely to give up. So if going to networking meetings and engaging in chitchat while passing out the business cards does not suit your style, try a different approach. You may be the type of person who is better at showing what you can do than talking about it. If so, you might want to volunteer in the local chapter of your professional association and participate in committees or greet people at local events. By getting involved, you will of necessity get to know people. This can be an unconventional way of networking, but it can still get the job done if you are able to engage people in your job search after you have had a chance to demonstrate your work ethic.
Give before you get
Networking needs to be a two-way street in order for it to truly be networking, so brainstorm what you can contribute to people who are in a position to help you with your next career move. After identifying people who can help you with your career, brainstorm ideas of what you can give to such people that will be valuable to them. Perhaps you can send an article that talks about what is cutting edge in your field. If you know someone who would be a great fit for a position that is open (that is not something you would compete for), refer that person to a manager that you want to network with. This is a way of opening the door with the manager so that when it comes time to ask for something, you have already paved the way.
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