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Networking: 5-Key Strategies for Landing Your Dream Job

Updated: May 29

"Your network is your net worth." - Porter Gale

Is networking the sole path to securing your dream job? No. However, it is a proven strategy that significantly boosts your chances of landing the role you desire. Let the numbers speak for themselves - out of over 3,500 respondents of an online study on job acquisition methods:

• 41% found their positions through networking.

• 23% applied to advertised job openings.

• 13% relied on external or internal recruiters.

Despite its effectiveness, many of us hesitate or even outright avoid networking. According to HubSpot, one in four do not network at all, often due to uncertainty about how to network effectively.

The absence of a well-defined strategy often leads to avoidance and missed opportunities. That's where we come in, sharing 5-Key Networking Strategies for Landing Your Dream Job.

Before we get started, remember:

• When setting out to expand your professional network, prioritize the strategies and actions that resonate with your authenticity because genuine connections are built on sincerity.

• Networking is a two-way street. Be genuinely interested in others, offer help when you can, and nurture your relationships over time. Building a strong professional network requires patience and persistence.

Now, on to the 5-Strategies:

1. Social Media

Create a professional online presence on platforms like LinkedIn. Join relevant groups and create or repost valuable content. Stay active on the platform by posting or engaging with others' posts three times a week, using relevant hashtags to increase visibility.

This is a simple and effective way of sharing who you are and how you can add value, which can get you noticed by hiring managers and recruiters through a channel that's less crowded than the normal "job application" route.

2. Introductions & Referrals

Ask for introductions or referrals from friends, family, coworkers, and former teachers or professors. If you haven't already invited everyone you know to connect on LinkedIn, this should be your first step.

These individuals know you well and can vouch for your character and abilities, making them valuable advocates. Their introductions can expand your network and establish credibility and trust more quickly, leading to meaningful professional relationships and opportunities.

3. Cold Outreach

I know, this one can seem the scariest and most intimidating. Here's the absolute truth though - the vast majority of professionals welcome the opportunity to share and support others. Use LinkedIn's search engine to find these professionals in your desired field or company.

Before sending a connection request, engage with their posts by liking and commenting on their content that resonates with you. The free LinkedIn account allows for 10 connection requests daily – I encourage you to max out this amount. Remember, the more outreaches you make, the more you expand your network and increase your chances of success in uncovering the hidden job market.

4. Informational Interviews

Once you've connected with professionals and engaged with their posts, then it’s time to request informational interviews. These interviews provide insights, advice, and potential connections. Most professionals are happy to support those just beginning their careers, so don't hesitate to ask for their time and guidance.

5. Join Professional Organizations

Become a member of relevant industry associations or organizations. These groups often host events and provide opportunities to connect with professionals in your desired fields. Many professional organizations offer reduced membership rates or special events for students and recent graduates, which may make it worth checking out.

Feeling Stuck?

If you're still feeling stuck or hesitant to network, consider scheduling a FREE Fast Track to Your Dream Job consultation. We can help you get unstuck and come up with a workable plan that feels right for you - absolutely no strings attached.

Building a professional network can seem daunting at first, but with these strategies, you'll be well on your way to forming meaningful connections that can propel your career forward. Remember, networking is about genuine relationships and mutual support. Start today, and watch your opportunities grow!

Written by Susan Uramoto, Board-Certified Emotional Wellness Practitioner, Certified Career Coach and Networking Enthusiast


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