In the job-hunting world, where competition is fierce and opportunities can seem elusive at times, there’s a hidden gem that many job seekers often overlook – the power of their network. As recruiters for recruitment agencies on the South Coast we ‘live and breathe’ (at least at work) our network, and nurture our connections with people. We understand the significance of networking in find that perfect role for our job-seekers and the perfect person for our clients.
In this week’s article, we’ll explore the compelling influence your network can have on your job search journey and how to build and nurture those career connections.
The Network Effect: It’s Who You Know
You’ve probably heard the age-old adage, “It’s not what you know, but you who know”. This saying couldn’t be more accurate, especially in the world of recruitment.
Yes, experience and knowledge can help you excel in this career as we cover in a previous blog post “The Recruitment Industry: Opportunities, Qualities & Rewards”, but there is no denying that the recruitment industry is a tightly woven web of professionals, and your connections can be the key to unlocking hidden opportunities.
Other than the opportunity of making friends, and establishing yourself in the community, building networks to enhance career prospects can benefit you by…
Many of us have been discovered for job opportunities because we knew someone who was connected to someone else in our network. It’s like a ripple effect in a pond; one connection can lead to another, ultimately landing you the job you’ve been dreaming of.
Even within our small team at People Prospect Solutions, we found our roles here by existing in Rebecca’s (PPS’ Recruitment Director) network long before we worked with her!
How to Network Effectively
A bit daunted by the prospect of networking, and growing your network? Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas to help you build a strong network that allows you to connect with people that can help you now or in the future. There is no better time to start…than now!
- Attend Industry Events: Conferences, seminars and workshops are a great way to meet like-minded professionals. They also encourage an exchange of knowledge and give you the platform to help others. You will never be forgotten for helping someone else. Make sure you connect on social media, or exchange numbers and email addresses to ensure you keep in contact after the event. Send new connections a quick note afterwards to say “Hit, it was great to meet you…”
- Engage in Online Communities: Join relevant forums and groups online, especially on platforms like Slack and Linkedin. Engage in discussions, offers insights, comment on other people’s advice and opinions – it all helps! These have the ability to expand your network beyond your own country.
- Leverage Social Media: In continuation from the last point, make sure you leverage your own social media profiles to establish yourself in your industry. For Linkedin, your profile should be an extension of your CV – explain who you are professionally and personally. Share industry articles, offer insights and break it all up with a bit of humour (people love pics of dogs and babies doing funny things). Your presence on this platform not only expands your network but also positions you as a knowledgeable and active professional in your field. Be kind and offer support to others. By nurturing these relationships it creates a trusted network of people who can provide referrals in the future.
To support these insights, let’s reference some articles on the topic:
- The Science of Networking and How It Benefits Your Career – Forbes
- Why Networking Is Still the Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Career – Inc.
- The Power of Networking: How to Get Noticed, Hired, and Rewarded – HuffPost
In conclusion, your network is a formidable asset in your quest for a new job. Don’t underestimate the potential of your connections, and always remember that opportunities often arise through relationships. Nurture your network, stay active on platforms like LinkedIn, and maintain your professional presence—it might just be the key to unlocking your dream job.
If you would like assistance on any of this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to (and connect with) our team on Linkedin: