Job hunting has many levels, and networking is one of them. There are many times job seekers have learned about an opening from someone they know, so it is important to your job search to create connections, even if you are not actively seeking a new position. In this digital world where we can be connected at the click of a button, networking can be a much easier and important process. Using social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, can help you find your dream job. Even Facebook and Twitter can help.
Networking is more than just asking your friends and family to recommend jobs or to connect you to hiring managers. Here are 5 benefits to networking during your job search.
Find Hidden Opportunities
Using job boards, such as AgHires, is a great way to search specific criteria and filter jobs to find what you’re looking for. However, there are some positions that hiring managers may not want to advertise, maybe because someone is in that position, but they’re using a recruiter or asking employees for recommendations. Connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn or other social networks, may help them find you easier. Also, make sure your friends and family know what you’re looking for, because they might know about some hidden opportunities as well.
Develop your Career
By networking in LinkedIn and Facebook groups, not only can you make new contacts in your industry, but you can also get guidance and learn new aspects of the industry. You may also find new tips to help with your job search, resume, and cover letter. You can exchange ideas and learn about the companies where you would like to work.
Build Your Personal Brand
You’ve updated your LinkedIn profile to showcase your qualifications and your objectives, now you have to build on that. By sharing your ideas on industry relevant topics you’re showing potential employers you know your stuff. Don’t just share your ideas and remarks online, attend some social and professional events. You never know who will be there that you can impress with your skills and knowledge. They just might have a job opening at their company.
Re-evaluate your Qualifications
Ask your trusted contacts in your industry to review your resume or LinkedIn Profile. They’ll be able to give you some fresh eyes and provide some feedback. If you connect with industry experts, they may let you know of new skills and talents that are preferred for the ideal candidate and could help you grow your value.
Job hunting can be a daunting task that can last for weeks or months, and for some, years. Networking can help you stay on task and not get discouraged. Talking with others about your job search will help you stay focused and not lose sight of your goals. They can help talk you through the tough search and possibly provide some new insights on who to talk to and where to look.