September 20, 2019 | 2 min read
Do you ever wonder how some people seem to land a job or a project at a drop of a hat? They may be skilled, yes, but often times it takes more than just an impressive skillset to get hired. Like they say, “it’s not about what you know, but who you know.” A strong professional network can take you places, literally and figuratively.
If you haven’t established your professional circle yet, it’s high time to get started. Here’s how you can grow your network:
Create a Strong Online Presence
Almost everything is done digitally nowadays and this includes head hunting. Recruiters turn to platforms such as JobStream App and LinkedIn to fill in vacant positions. It’s essential to market yourself in a manner that would make employers ask for an interview. It’s not enough to list down your professional experience, make sure to include your achievements. Keep in mind that you are competing against thousands of other candidates and you need to stand out the right way.
Attend Social Networking Events
This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are times that you’ll need to turn on your social powers in order to mingle with the right people in the industry. Search social media or your local community for conventions, trainings, or events where likeminded people are attending and socialize. Make sure to have your business card ready and start sharing what you do professionally and see how you can help them with their business needs.
Master the Art of Listening
Listen to analyze, spot, and solve a problem. Putting up posters and talking about what you do is futile if you’re not sure what problem you’re actually trying to address. Keep in mind that every business has tasks and problems that needs solving and you’ll only be able to realize those when you master the art of listening.
It takes a lot of hard work to build your network, but it is worth the while. And once you’ve established a strong professional network, it’s essential to nurture it. Don’t be there to just take, make sure to give as well and make those business relationships grow.