Posted April 1, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Virtual Networking For Your Job Search
Virtual networking is critical these days, but it’s easy to get it wrong. Here’s who you should be connecting with—it might not be who you think. Coming up next!
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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—welcome! In today’s virtual job market, jobseekers have their work cut out for them. You have to be adaptable, you have to give a killer interview on Zoom, and, perhaps most important of all, you have to network effectively in a remote world.
It’s easy to focus on quantity over quality when you’re trying to connect with the right people to help advance your career. But it’s not about how many connections you can make on LinkedIn, but how many actually connect to your field and aspirations.
Career coach Kyle Elliott says that jobseekers tend to focus their virtual networking efforts on recruiters and hiring managers. But these decision-makers’ inboxes are usually overflowing with messages from job applicants. They receive hundreds, if not thousands, of messages per month from people interested in working at their companies.
Instead, Elliott says, you should focus your networking efforts on people who are already working in your target role. This will not only increase your chances of hearing back, but it will also increase the quality of the insights you receive. Think about it: they’ve successfully navigated both the application and interview process to land the job you’re interested in.
Connect with them and commit to learning everything you can from their journey. You’ll grow as a professional and discover how to stand out as the ideal candidate for the role you want.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about when and why you might hire a professional to guide your job search. Stay tuned and we’ll see you back here then at the Syndicate!