12 New Networking Rules You’ll Need to Land That Dream Job
Need to brush up on your networking skills? Career guru Kelly Hoey, author of Build Your Dream Network, shares the new ways to build and activate powerful networks that will catapult your career to the next level.
Don’t forget the thank you email—and take any advice to heart
“I would advise to send the obligatory ‘thank you for the interview’ email with 24 hours – and then give some thought to your next follow-up communication. Did the person suggest a course to polish up your skills? If so, what did you do with their suggestion? And let them know,” says Hoey. “When I was seeking to make a career change back in 2001, someone did suggest I look into programming offered by NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies as a way to fill in the gaps in my resume. So I did – and then I let the person know I’d not only followed their valuable suggestion, but I’d registered to take a couple of courses as well.” Networking is about relationship building, adds Hoey, and most of the time it takes more than a single handshake or interview or email to make a strong enough connection for another person to offer a job. Want to touch base again a few months after your interview? “Find ways to express your continued interest in working for the company and ways to stay on top of potential openings within the company that don’t have your contact avoiding your communications,” adds Hoey. “For example, stay on top of news about the company or the industry it is in. You can do this via Google Alerts or by following the company on LinkedIn or Twitter. A merger, a new client or seasonal retail trends could mean the firm needs to hire. Use that information to re-engage with your contact.”
Don’t be closed-off to headhunters
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Be open to chatting with a professional headhunter or recruiter. Some you may reach out to online, others may find you via LinkedIn. “Recruiters are actively using online tools to stay on top of industry trends and track potential placements—and so you should be doing the same,” says Hoey. “Make sure you are the type of candidate they want to work with. Be responsive and be able to clearly state the type of role, salary level, and company culture you’re seeking.” Here are ways to make your resume stand out.