Networking is perhaps the most crucial aspect of any recruiter’s role – developing a broad book of contacts / candidates and maintaining them when developing business are the fundamental basics of a successful network. A similar approach should be taken when hunting for a new job as not all jobs are advertised publicly to the market and are in fact filled through word of mouth. In order to take full advantage of the market, it is important that job seekers go beyond the obvious routes of job boards and online searching, and explore the “hidden job market” through their network.
Hiring managers will always consider their own network as their initial source for filling job openings within their teams. By keeping within the radar of these types of contacts, you will always be considered as a possible first point of call. This shouldn’t mean a simple connection on Linkedin – the key to successful networking is in the quality of a relationship as opposed to simply being linked through social media. In a world of Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, it is easy to reach out to others, but it is more than just the sentiment of being connected online.
Make the most of your network:
- Organise your network: Create a database or spreadsheet of your quality contacts and organise them into tiers, depending on how strong you deem your relationship with them. Can you pick up the phone and confidently know that they would meet you for a coffee that afternoon if they were free? This would class them as a higher tiered contact. Also, try to keep an organised collection of business cards.
- Communicate with your network: This can be done via traditional face-to-face networking or through avenues of social media – take advantage of all the various methods as much as you can. It can sometimes be important to not ask your contacts for a job but to collect information to help you secure your next job, depending on how. Nevertheless do not be afraid to ask your contacts for help. Ask to be referred to other contacts and continue to expand your network.
- Keep in contact with your network: It is crucial that you keep in touch regularly to maintain communication and a strong relationship. Your network should never be taken for granted.
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