How to improve your networking skills

One of the most important skills you need to develop as a job seeker are your networking skills. It’s no secret that the more people know you are looking for a new job the better. And beyond that, the more people who are in positions to help the better. How do you build these relationships? It is achieved through the mutually dependent means of online and offline networking. The key is to master these two mediums since they work so well together, each having their own purpose and value.

Here are five things you can do to build successful networks, nurture relationships and be remembered

Be passionate

First thing’s first. Be yourself. People are far more likely to connect with you if you show your real self. Be passionate about your story, who you are and what you want to do. Present your personal “elevator pitch.”

Get comfy with the guest list

If you’re attending a work event, make sure you do your homework on who will be there. Go through the guest list and identify a few specific people you want to meet. Do a little research about these people such as who they work for and their latest achievements. It is perfect conversation fuel. Imagine if someone came up to you at an event and said I loved the article you published on “How to start a business from scratch”.

Mingle like you’re getting paid to do so

Work the room. Don’t spend all your time with one person. Mingle, engage and include as many people as you can. People will remember you for it.

Think about how you can add value to their lives

This is a great tactic for successful networking. Rather than only trying to serve your own needs, ask how you can help someone else. This tells people you have the right motives. It builds trust and nurtures the relationship. Sharing your knowledge and expertise with people is the foundation upon which mutually beneficial relationship grow.

Don’t let the relationship grow stale

Stay fresh in people’s minds. Follow up straight after the initial encounter with a plan such as meeting for a coffee or lunch, make a useful introduction, or suggest a collaboration.

Building successful networks takes time, effort and commitment. You never know which relationships will prove to be beneficial unless you invest some time and energy into them. Ow that you understand the basics of networking, start browsing our listings and who knows, your next dream job might be just a click away!

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