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The importance of Networking while looking for a job

…Networking is one of the most effective job search and career transition strategies.  Without devoting time and energy to it you will be missing out on tons of opportunities…

Networking is nothing more than getting to know people.  Between 65 to 80% of all jobs are found through networking and this is why we here at Pitman Training Waterford highly recommend all jobseekers to build up their contacts.

Below are some useful tips to help you get started:

LinkedIN – Firstly, you should create a professional LinkedIn account.  LinkedIn is the best way to get in contact with the right people in your chosen career field.  It is known as ‘the Facebook for Professionals’ .It’s also important to note that LinkedIn has reached a point where it's almost unprofessional not to have an account.  Take a few minutes to search LinkedIn and I'm sure you'll find lots of contacts from your current and prior employers, clients, vendors, and schools. All those contacts have the potential to help you grow your career or find a new job. In addition, it can be a good source of employment references, as well as reference checking.

Networking Events - Networking in person works too. If you belong to a professional association, attend a meeting or a mixer. You'll find that many of the participants have the same goals you do and will be glad to exchange ideas.  Events are held at least once a month in most areas so keep an eye out for these and attend as many as possible.

Other Social Media - When it comes to networking, many relationships can start through social networking. Use sites like Twitter and Facebook to stay in touch with people you've met in person, as well as to network with others, such as people who work at the company you’re interested in. 

Create a Business card – When networking, especially going to meetings it is important to have your contact details ready to give to anyone you meet on the way.  We suggest creating a business card which not only makes you look professional but is also a quick and easy way build the right contacts.

Follow up – The most important part of networking is to follow up.  Always send a thank you letter or email after an event which is not only polite but will also refresh the memory of any potential employer.

Keep in touch – Always keep in contact with any potential employers.  Whether it be just a quick email or call this will make you stand out from everyone else and look professional which is an attribute every employer wants.  

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