NETWORK TO GET WORK
» Author: Phuong Nguyen
» Published: March 24, 2019
It is totally true that network to get work in this business world where positive reference is gold and personal connections are more effective to land a job. Actually, networking is all about asking people in the field well-informed questions and knowing myself and having the ability to effectively communicate quickly, confidently and succinctly who I am, what I want and what I have to offer. It is also about being strategic to target my potential networking contacts but also be open to unexpected ones.
I believe that building relationships and rapport with others and being a part of their networking group is as important as having an impeccable resume and unique portfolio due to many job seekers have found their favourite or best job through personal connections. It is really important to understand that networking is “bothering” someone or a one-way street but it is a two-way street – that when I am networking I am not just asking for something and not offering anything in return. I must be open to offering what information I have to offer either now or in the future.
I now remember that to network like a professional, I must have a clear purpose, a well-prepared networking plan including the contact list, database and LinkedIn and an effective way to track my networking activities (but not excessively stalking). Furthermore, a well-designed and informative business card, an up-to-date resume, a positive social media presence, an outstanding portfolio and last but not least a brand statement/image are critical to networking. I must make it so compelling that the other person or my target connection would love to learn more about me.