The Powers of Networking Skills

One of the factors why job seekers are staying too long in job search is lack of networking skills.

And yet networking skills are not presently been taught in universities. But it is expected every job seeker must possess it going forward.

In today’s recruitment market, people are more comfortable employing who they know as against some decades ago when it was just about sending applications.

Very recently, any job seeker who doesn’t belong to any of the social media platforms is going to have difficulties getting any attention from recruiters.

Chief of these social media platforms that can help one build his or her networking skills is the LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is an amazing social networking platform that not only acts as an online resume but also as a digital reputational building tool.

One of the factors why job seekers are staying too long in job search is lack of networking skills. And yet networking skills are not presently been taught in universities. But it is expected every job seeker must possess it going forward. In today’s recruitment market, people are more comfortable employing who they know as against some decades ago when it was just about sending applications. Very recently, any job seeker who doesn’t belong to any of the social media platforms is going to have difficulties getting any attention from recruiters. Chief of these social media platforms that can help one build his or her networking skills is the LinkedIn. The LinkedIn is an amazing social networking platform that not only acts as an online resume but also as a digital reputational building tool. To properly network using LinkedIn would require a series of activities.
Connect, Communicate and Contribute
To properly network using LinkedIn would require a series of activities.

Here we are going to talk about the Three C’s Connect, Communicate and Contribute On LinkedIn, all networking activities, starts with sending or receiving a connection request. This is the beginning of the rapport building as you design an approach to explore the connection with a view to increase mutual benefits for all parties involved.

When you first connect, send a welcome message and exchange pleasantries. Research the connection and understand their interests and focus. Let’s say as a job seeker you have connected with a recruiter on LinkedIn, the first contact message should never have anything to do with your job search. Keep it professional. Send your greetings and keep it that way. Remember, any job related message sent at this time to the recruiter may permanently end the relationship. That’s a bad networking style. Avoid it.

At the communication and contribution stage, what is expected is that a job seeker begins to engage in posts related to his or interest and career focus. Therefore, attention to such posts from your intended recruiters should be form your engagement schedule and to keep up-to-date to any information they share by liking their posts where needed, commenting and sharing their posts.

Ensure that you tag relevant companies, groups and individuals within your career interest and path when you post. Your aim should be to become very visible and a notable name within your interest groups. With these tips adhered to, it’s going to be a matter of time for recruiters to start knocking.

The good thing about networking is that you may end up getting hired by just a mere referral given by your connection to a recruiter. Networking skills have incredible potentials. And yet many are lacking. Don’t be among. Follow our series on our blog to learn more.