Planning to Network: A Foundation for Success
Given that jobs are in ‘visible’ and ‘invisible’ markets it’s best to ensure you know how to access both if you are searching for a new career begin with a networking plan. The visible job market can be found online, in newspapers, job boards, company websites, advertisements, etc. The invisible job market is accessible only through other individuals—networking provides access to this market.
If you are looking for a new career or job networking can save you time, money, and energy if you begin with a plan. Many individuals jump right in and assume they are taking the best approach to networking. This may include developing a pitch, participating in weekly networking events, connecting online, etc. Attendance at many events is expected of certain positions and can be tremendously valuable to your career. If you are looking for a new career or job you should create a plan that positions you to connect with individuals at the companies who can get to “know you, like you, and pay you”.
Do you have a network of professionals who know you for your ability to use your skills in a variety of roles across industries? Remember it’s not just who you know—it’s who knows you and what you’re capable of. If cutbacks were to occur at your company, would they avoid letting you go? Are you someone who does a “good” job but isn’t well known? Can you really afford not to position yourself for being known for the work you’ve done and for the work you’re capable of?
Our “Planning to Network Guide” has been created as a practical tool to help you:
- Learn how to develop a targeted networking strategy
- Know how to network with others who are connected to decision makers
So take your search for a new career or job to the next level – access the “Planning to Network Guide” and start today!