Networking is one of the most important parts of the job search process. In many cases, getting a job is more about who you know than what you know. Yet networking is the one thing that alludes most job seekers. Most people simply don’t know where to start. Here are some great places to start networking today:

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the best social networks for business networking. Not only can you connect with others in your industry, but potential employers as well.

Adding new contacts to your list is great, but you’ll have to do more than just add a new name to your virtual rolodex to see success. Make the effort to connect and keep in touch with new contacts, so you stay fresh in their minds. When a job opportunity arises, you may just be the first person they contact about it.

Twitter

Twitter is another great place to network with industry leaders and decision makers. The great thing about Twitter is that messages are short and sweet (140 characters or less), so you don’t have to mull over what to say or how to say it. Keeping it simple and straight to the point makes Twitter a less intimidating way to network.

Once you’ve created your account, make an effort to follow people in your industry, and reach out to them. Engage and connect with your new contacts to build a strong networking relationship.

Job Fairs and Networking Events

Networking events and job fairs are great opportunities to network with recruiters, potential employers and others in your industry.

Before attending an event, take the time to look over the list of employers who will be attending and decide which ones you want to target. Research these employers ahead of time, so you’re prepared to answer and ask questions. Be sure to also update your resume so that it’s relevant to said employer.

Don’t forget to bring a portfolio or a notebook with you to collect brochures and business cards. Dress to impress and prepare a professional introduction beforehand so that you’re fully prepared for the event.

Volunteering

When you’re looking for a job, the last thing you probably want to do is volunteer your time. However, volunteering can help you gain some experience. If you excel and go above and beyond the call of duty, you may even catch the eye of key decision makers. Leaving a good impression may open the door for employment opportunities after you’ve finished volunteering or in the future.

There are numerous nonprofit organizations to choose from, including political, religious and service groups.

Aside from gaining experience, volunteering also gives you something to put on your resume for that inactive period between jobs. Along the way, you’ll pick up new skills and you’ll also improve your self-confidence. All of these things are beneficial to your job search and helping you land the job you want. Give us a call today for more information.