Networking effectively is an invaluable tool and strategy. Anyone can do it and use it to further their career! It is an essential part of a job search and can help present new opportunities. What ways can help you better your networking skills? Continue reading below to find out!

  1. Online Presence: Social networks are an integral part of today’s world. In order to effectively make connections, your social media presence needs to be strong. Keep your social media accounts like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter up to date and current. Make sure your skills and experience are updated and displayed on your social media. If you post engaging content, it will influence people to interact and share your posts.
  2. Be Yourself: If you are genuine and real during a conversation or interaction, it can make your connections and relationships more authentic. People want to feel like they are being listened to when conversing, so asking questions and understanding them will be important. As a result, they will feel that the conversation is flowing and you are attentive. Make personal phone calls or emails to stay in touch, so people know that you are genuine.
  3. Contacts: You want to evaluate your current contacts and create new ones when networking during a job search. Maintain strategic relationships with valued contacts in order to further your networking. A great way to meet new contacts is to go out of your comfort zone. Invite people to attend events with you or accept invites to professional gatherings that will help you network, even if you wouldn’t normally attend.

Don’t be afraid to get out there and network for yourself! By using these tips to improve your networking skills, hopefully, you will land that next job or succeed at the next interview!

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