If you’re looking for a job, you’ve probably heard that you need to get out there and network. But where should you start?
When it comes to networking, quality beats quantity every time. Here’s how to activate the network you have and add likeminded professionals to your personal list of connections, helping you find the right job for you.
Make Social Media Work for You
Social media can become a time-waster, or it can be a superpowered tool to build and maintain your professional network.
Start by reaching out to folks you already know. Make social media posts about your job search. Describe what you’re looking for, and ask your friends, family and followers to help you by keeping their ears open for potential jobs.
Next, clean up your professional image. Create or update your LinkedIn profile, and consider joining LinkedIn groups related to your career, desired work, or industry. By participating in these groups, you converse with other professionals, helping connect yourself to their networks as well.
Finally, consider creating an online portfolio of your best work. When someone asks what you do, you’ll have a link to a collection of outstanding examples ready to go.
Get Out of the House
Connecting with your network in person takes time, but it also produces high-quality relationships. Choose one day a week to get out of the house and meet up with someone from your network. You can meet for lunch, coffee, or simply to take a walk and discuss events in your industry and your professional growth. Invite a new person every week to cultivate your professional connections.
Work With a Recruiter
Think of your recruiter as a node on your network. Since staffing firms specialize in building relationships in the work world, getting to know your recruiter automatically connects you to a massive network in your city of choice. A recruiter is one of the best people you can add to your professional network, whether you’re actively looking for a new job or simply want to hear when a unique opportunity becomes available.
Find Your Next Career Today!
At THE RIGHT STAFF, LLC, our recruiters can help you tap into a network of jobs, employers and like-minded professionals within the Twin Cities. If you’re looking for a great new career in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, contact us today.