We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” Well, that’s certainly true when it comes to networking to find a job. Networking simply means to interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts. Networking can assist you in getting “a foot in the door” that wouldn’t necessarily be open otherwise.

 

1. Who do you know? Make a list of the most influential people you know and contact them through Facebook, LinkedIn, iCloud or any other social network. The goal is to establish contact, touch bases, and perhaps make plans to meet for lunch or to text each other. Whatever the reason is for communicating with them – do make it clear that you are searching for job opportunities. Always extend to return any favours your contacts provide. Even at times when you don’t need their assistance; make sure to keep in touch with the people you establish contact with in order to create a rapport with them.

2. Don’t forget where you came from. Connect with alumni from your schools, former organization, clubs, and/or groups. The advantage of networking with alumni is that you may share common interests, values, or hobbies. You never know if someone you contact may have just been wondering about what you have been up to and would be willing to assist you in your job search.

 

3. Attend events. These events may include charity, professional, social, family, and religious. Make yourself known to at least one person you haven’t met and exchange your contact information and follow up at a later time. Try to attend 1-2 events a month.

 

4. Don’t forget the little people. You never know who your hairdresser, nail tech, doorman, personal trainer or neighbour knows. The results may surprise you. We’ve also heard the saying, “Everybody knows somebody that knows somebody.” That’s why it’s important to converse with everyone when searching for a job.

 

Don’t be afraid to take risks. In the special features section of “The Nanny” DVD, Fran Drescher explains how she took a risk and approached the president of CBS. On a flight, she spoke to him about the idea for a show. From this chance encounter, audiences enjoyed “The Nanny” for six seasons! And it’s all because Drescher took a risk and introduced herself to the CBS president.