Many of my clients identify networking as being among the opportunities for boosting their careers. I'd say that roughly 80% of them rate their network as weak and blame the quality of their connections as the main reason for not networking with them.
But let's think about it for a minute.
If you recognize that your network is weak, what you could possibly do to improve it?
The answer to that question goes from how to expand your network of connections to how to measure the quality of your network. Then we can start talking about building trust in relationships.
So let me be straight to the point and give you 5 ways to boost your networking skills. All of them are designed to be done by using LinkedIn. After all, we are living in the digital transformation era!
1. Keep your profile up to date and your contact details complete.
It seems obvious, I know. But it's common to find people with outdated profiles....
Are you really sure you want to be more visible on LinkedIn?
I'm asking that to you because I've been observing a standard behavior among people who reach me out wanting help to re-brand their professional presence on LinkedIn.
I see super talented and high-achieving professionals looking for external validation and not believing in their potential.
You may be wondering this is too much, right? After all, LinkedIn is just a professional window shop, where you exhibit your work experience and skills and wait to be "bought"by a hiring company.
If you think like that, I partially agree with you. I really think LinkedIn is the place to show off your best talents, professional experience, and, mainly, your public reputation.
But I think there is even more there to be explored. That extra mile is possible to be run, but it will depend on your will to take action and think and move forward by focusing on what you want for your life and career.
It’s Monday morning, and you have just turned your computer on to start working. After responding to e-mails, attending some meetings, and getting the work done, you sighed and started to scroll job boards looking for your next job.
You feel unmotivated in your current job, not because of your salary, but because of the lack of recognition. Your eyes are rapidly reading dozens of job ads until you find one that is absolutely perfect for you.
You click the link to apply for that amazing job with that old CV you made more than one year ago. The job ad says you can add a cover letter, but why lose time with that, your CV is enough, and you have to go back to work.
And that’s it. Nothing will happen afterward because you’re probably not hearing back from that company.
There are several reasons you should start understanding the modern recruiting processes, especially in large corporations.
To illustrate the process, think about a funnel. After you hit the submit...