Not only changes in work, we also need to rethink our networking strategy.
Networking is an essential part of a job search process as it gives job seekers more opportunities to advance your career. Attending meetings and social events are generally the most preferred method to do networking. However, prior to COVID-19, job seekers need to rethink their networking strategy from offline to online and remote networking.
How do you conduct remote networking? Read on…
1- Get familiar with social media, especially LinkedIn
You can find potential partners on all social media you use, but LinkedIn is by far the greatest way to keep up with industry trends and catch up with professional networks. Most importantly, connections you make on LinkedIn could someday prove vital to your career.
To maximise your LinkedIn usage for networking, you can start by adding more mutual friends and introduce yourself. Have a conversation at which point you could easily make the connection and see if this person would be interested in talking with you about industries you are aiming for.
If the person does not respond to your request or message, do not take it personally. People are busy and there are some people who might be trying to control the size of their network.
2- Attend virtual networking regularly
Remote networking starts to leverage large-scale and there are plenty of opportunities to seize, from attending online seminars to remote conferences. While the means of connection of this remote networking are different, the same networking rules apply, such as:
- Dress for success
- Have conversation and not one sided discussion
- Offer just as much advice as you get
- Have positive energy and language choices
Beyond typical networking events, try to think outside of the box. For instance, you could host your own virtual meet-up with your fellow colleagues to talk about industry trends, projects, or just to maintain the connection.
3- Stay active and relevant
Last but not least, you should remember that people are more eager to talk to those with good personal branding. This means that not only you should consume, but you should also create to make yourself known to the public. Create your own content and share them to your networking or social media. Comment on some posts and get the discussion going. Share other colleagues’ content with positivity and respect. All of these steps seem simple but it might add up in the end.