In this networking basics lesson, learn how to network with the right people to increase your chances of job success.
Once you have a firm grasp on your existing connections, you may be ready to grow your network and develop new relationships. While there is no single way to create a network, there are several strategies you can use to make the most of your time.
Review the following techniques to learn how to expand your network and build meaningful connections:
Be careful not to exclude anyone from your network as you begin seeking out new connections. Remember that a majority of job referrals are made through friends of friends. Anyone might turn out to be a valuable networking contact, even if they don't work directly in your career field.
The more people who know about your job search, the better. By expanding your network, you'll have a greater chance of finding a new position.
The most successful networkers are constantly meeting new people and expanding their networks, even when they're not actively searching for a job. As you work to build new connections, it's important to remember that networking is a two-way street—there must be some mutual benefits for both parties involved.
Show an interest in what other people have to say instead of focusing exclusively on your needs. A relationship founded on mutual trust and respect will be the most likely to benefit you in the long term.
How you present yourself can have a significant impact on the kind of impression you make. While it's easy to become discouraged in the middle of a long job search, it's important to remain positive and optimistic when introducing yourself to others.
Broadcasting your frustrations will only make it more difficult to gain new connections. Even if you're coming out of a tough situation, be sure to project confidence.