The importance of networking in the search for employment

Finishing the training stage is the first step when it comes to finding work, but in this world of constant changes we live in, it is necessary to go a step further and be proactive if we want to find the desired job. Hence, managing the network of contacts through Networking is of vital importance, since a large part of the work is achieved through personal contacts.

Make Networking is to create and maintain a network of professional contacts, which can be helpful when access to better career opportunities. That is why it is necessary to have an updated contact agenda for a future promotion in the workplace.

Events and conferences: Try to attend events and conferences related to your work sector or field of work, with a double objective: on the one hand to keep up-to-date and on the other to meet professionals with whom you may be able to collaborate in the future.

This type of events usually have coffee breaks or caterings before or after them where you can approach and talk with people related to your field, which in the future could be of help in finding a job.

But beware! Do not go with your CV and start telling everyone that you are unemployed, begging for a position in your company, because it could be violent. Be tactful and approach instead to discuss the topics covered in the conference and only if the issue arises does it speak about your current situation.

Identify the right people: From family and friends to anyone that you think may be interesting when it comes to improving your work plan. Social networks and professionals like LinkedIn are a great help to identify the companies where you aspire to work and people who work there.

However, it is not advisable to start sending massive requests to Human Resources Directors to “sell” you, since this practice could be intrusive and harm you instead of benefiting you.

Instead, add LinkedIn only to people who studied with you, with whom you have worked previously or well known for example in an event or conference.

Create your network of contacts based on your professional goals:  Value quality and not quantity. The objective is not to have a broad contact list, but to have that network of contacts adapt to your interests.

Wake up interest: It is essential that you actively demonstrate your skills and abilities and do not limit yourself to sending only your CV. Offering to collaborate in a project to demonstrate the benefits of hiring you is a good option.

Keep your contacts updated and in order: You have to be active and keep a record, order and control over our contacts. It is important to stay visible and make known any changes that happen in our work life.

Now that you have some guidelines on how to start mobilizing your network of contacts in search of a new job opportunity we can only give you one last piece of advice: Be patient! A network of really quality contacts that can be effective is only achieved with time and effort, so do not despair if you do not get results in the short term.

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