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Networking

 

When people exchange information and form relationships to help each other get ahead, it's called "networking." Networking is the act of communicating effectively with other people who can help you in all aspects of your life - career, business or personal. The main purpose of networking is to give and receive information. It involves asking people for advice and key information to help you reach your goals.

Benefits of networking:

  • Many job openings are never advertised and are filled by word of mouth
  • It expands your existing network
  • Increases your self-confidence by learning new skills
  • Leads to a potential mentor
  • Helps you meet new people and make new friends

Networking Tips:

  • Make networking ongoing
  • Have a good networking card to share with potential contacts
  • Treat any contact with respect and be professional at all times, even if that person is a referral from a friend
  • Ask for advice, not a job
  • Be dependable and reliable
  • Ask whether you can use your referral's name when you follow up on a lead
  • Be specific in your request
  • Describe yourself, skills and objectives in 50 words or less
  • Learn to listen and retain information
  • Be aware of your body language
  • Be yourself

Another effective way to expand your network is to join professional associations, volunteer your time and attend free workshops, classes or seminars in the community. 

Professional Immigrants Networks (PINs) is a good resource to help you find connections in your field to achieve your employment goals.

The key is to contact as many people as possible to share your goals and objectives. It is equally important to listen to their needs and provide referrals when possible.