That is why networking is critical if you are looking for a job – and even more so if you are looking for the job of your dreams.
If you are a job seeker, or currently employed and looking for something different, here are some tips to help you network your way into your dream job.
- Link up. It is important to establish a strong, professional online presence. Most employers and recruiters use social media as a tool to find and recruit talent – LinkedIn is definitely the “hot spot.” So if you’re not on LinkedIn, create an account. If you are on LinkedIn, make sure your profile is up-to-date and that it reflects your skills and accomplishments. Ask for endorsements and recommendations from coworkers or former supervisors. After that, connect with individuals that are relevant to your desired industry.
- Get involved. Join local networking organizations. Join a club. Or try getting involved in community activities. It’s a great way to meet professionals you might not have the opportunity to meet otherwise.
- Enhance your skill set. Further your education and expand upon your expertise in your desired area of work. Training not only will help you become more of an expert in your field, it will allow you the opportunity to meet new people. Your teacher, coach, or even classmates may prove to be a valuable connection and may even be able to help you find your dream job.
- Know your brand. When making a new connection, always be ready to offer (in a few sentences) who you are, what you stand for and what you are looking for. (Wait for the opportune moment and do try to be natural about it.)
- Reach out to recruitment agency. Staffing firms are well connected and match millions of people to jobs every day and are an invaluable resource to job seekers. They offer a variety of employment options, from temporary opportunities to direct placement opportunities. And before you negate a temporary assignment, remember that it is a great chance to make new contacts and expand your professional network, as well as gain new professional references. Many agencies specialize in placing high-level executive professionals as well. The important thing is to communicate honestly with your recruiter regarding your professional goals and expectations, where you’re flexible and where you’re not. It will go a long way in helping you find fruitful employment.
Don’t hesitate to contact the experienced recruiting team at Masiello. We strongly encourage you to reach out to us and tell us about your goals, needs and expectations. At Masiello, we listen, we learn, and we are committed to providing the best opportunities possible and have several resources available to job seekers. Let us help!