Networking takes on many forms and is an incredibly important part of both the recruitment process and career development in general. Business networking is now a regular place for hiring conversations to begin and often companies find you rather than you searching for jobs.
- Social networking is one of the most important aspects of todays’ business world – this includes LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and others.
- On LinkedIn, connecting with and following people, groups and companies in your sector allows you to gain insight and remain up-to-date.
- Use social media to help you to determine the target companies you would like to work for and follow them to keep on top of their news.
- Raise your profile by participating in online discussions and forums.
- Join relevant industry groups to keep abreast of the sector, meet new contacts and remain relevant, including communities on LinkedIn.
- Research your interviewers before meeting with them to see their work background, qualifications and interests.
- Preparation is key – you should plan conversation starters and ice breakers in advance as well as any key questions you would like to discuss.
- Body language is extremely important so try to keep eye contact, act confidently and try to avoid crossing your arms and fidgeting.
- Following up on new contacts is extremely important so swap business cards/ contact details with anyone you engage in conversation with.
- Schedule time after events to follow up with emails, social media contact and or phone calls depending on what is the most relevant.