A willingness to network and build connections will be the single most useful tool in your job search. Networking is considered to be the most effective way to find a job, but every person will need to build his or her own network differently.
In this module, you'll learn about the basics of networking and how it can be helpful to your job search. We'll also talk about different networking strategies that will help you gain meaningful connections as you develop your network, such as how to ask purposeful questions and craft your elevator pitch.
Networking is simply the process of building positive, advantageous relationships, either by making a connection with someone in person or online. While some people have an easier time making new connections than others, it's important to remember that everyone is capable of networking.
You probably already have networking experience, even if you don't think of it in those terms. Any time you meet someone or make a new friend, you're engaged in a form of networking. Making good use of your connections can make finding a job that much easier.
Watch this video from AARP to learn more about the basics of networking.
Networking is considered to be the single most effective way to find a job. A majority of job seekers found their most recent position by networking, either through referrals or direct contact with a hiring manager.
Let's imagine you are responsible for hiring a person to work at your company. Would you rather hire someone you've never met or someone you already know and trust? It is estimated that as much as 80 percent of available positions are never even advertised. Networking with different people can allow you to find opportunities in this hidden job market.
Making the decision to start networking can feel a little overwhelming, but it's important to remember that no one builds a network from scratch. Your family and friends already make up a powerful network of different connections.
Reaching out to your existing network is a great way start practicing your networking skills. Over time, you'll feel more comfortable expanding your network and building new connections. Take some time to organize your existing connections and identify networking opportunities you can pursue.