Networking is the key to finding great jobs in every industry. However, networking does not come naturally to everyone. A lot of people can get intimidated by the word and just shut down any attempts at becoming successful in the networking arena. You need to make sure you are doing networking right so you can make the types of positive connections you need during a job search.
One of the single most important things to remember when you’re trying to network is that the process cannot be all about you. That might sound counterintuitive but it’s the correct mindset to have. While you’re trying to build your own professional network, you must be mindful of the fact that people aren’t going to be predisposed to do you favors just because they have met you. You need to create a connection and work to have them respect you as both a person and a professional, which means focusing on their needs and giving back to others.
Get the most out of networking by dropping a “me first” attitude. This will lead to more success in networking.
When you are generous and giving of your time, knowledge and professional connections, others are more likely to be kind in return. You can build a stronger professional network by taking into account what needs other people have and offering to share your expertise if possible. Helping doesn’t have to happen when someone asks for a favor. If you go out of your way to help them without asking, it shows that you are thinking of them and trying to help them.
If you are given help in any form, from advice to a job lead, it is important to express your gratitude for their time and effort in assisting you. Don’t ever take help for granted or assume anyone owes you anything. Show your appreciation through more than just an email. Think about a phone call or hand-written thank you note. If it leads to something very productive for you, then a gift basket or something similar is an appropriate token of appreciation.
It’s easy to say you’ll keep in contact with people in your professional network, but it can be harder to actually follow through. Don’t wait for others to call on you – make the effort to keep in regular contact and provide support when others need it most. Create a system to do it regularly and you’ll fall into a great routine.
Networking is made easier when you work with a professional information technology staffing firm and tap into their vast network of companies who are hiring today. Technology Partners has connections with some of the biggest firms in the IT field. No matter what type of information technology work you’re looking for, we can help you find opportunities and get a chance at an exciting new career. Give us a call at 877-636-1331 or contact us online to learn more.
I am convinced Technology Partners and their team were able to save Enterprise millions of dollars on hardware upgrades.
Rick Butler, Senior Manager, Database Management of Enterprise Rent-a-Car