3 Important Reasons to build a professional network!
80% of jobs are filled by networking!
Can you take a minute to read that again?
80% of jobs are filled by knowing someone!
Let’s talk about ways to use the COVID-19 downtime to grow your network.
Have you updated your LinkedIn profile lately? What was that…you don’t have a LinkedIn profile? So, LinkedIn is free and a great way to grow your professional network! The reason that this is so important is threefold:
1.) Hidden jobs are filled by networking! Hidden jobs are job opportunities that are not posted or advertised. Therefore, if you actively network (even when & especially when you are not seeking a job) then you may be on the front of someone’s mind when filling these positions. Did you know that some of the fastest ways to grow your income is to accept a high position outside of your current company?
2.) When you are connecting with people all of the time, then you can gradually build a large and powerful network! Ask for recommendations and endorsements when you have received positive feedback from people on a job well done. Also, write positive feedback and recommendations for other people! This will pay back in dividends throughout your career! Trust me on this one!
3.) You may have an opportunity to hire or recommend someone for a position in your professional network! YOU will be able to extend a helping hand to someone in your network.
(Little known secret that this was the first “social media” site that I joined. I have been on LinkedIn for years! I have also used this same professional network when I was looking for jobs due to RIFs or to move up in my career.)
I will be using this space to provide tips, tricks, and resources to enhance your career search and expand your knowledge in the career field. I look forward to connecting with you!
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