Here at Quantica Technology we understand the importance of career networking especially when you are in the midst of finding your next IT job. In fact, in the modern day with the social technology available career networking should become a part of your daily routine and career-related endeavors. Your career network should be in place for when you need it, both for job searching and for moving along the career ladder. Since you never know when you might need it, it makes sense to have an active career network, even if you are not looking for to move IT jobs right now.
Who to Include in Your Career Network
Your career network should include anyone who can help you with a job search or your next career move. It can include past and present co-workers, bosses, friends with similar interests, colleagues from business associations, alumni from your university, or acquaintances you have met via online networking services.
What Your Career Network Can Do For You
Over 80% of job seekers say that their network has helped with their job search. Networking contacts can help with more than just letting you know about new IT jobs. They can provide referrals to or insider information about companies you might be interested in working for. They can provide information on new IT careers you might want to explore or what the job market is like in another part of the country. Your network can give you advice on where to look for IT jobs or review your CV. The possibilities are endless.
- Keep in Touch – Work Your Network
Don’t just contact those who can help when you have just been made redundant from your job or decide you want to look for a new position. Keep in touch with your network regularly – even if it’s just a brief email to say hello and to ask how they are doing, this is so easy to with the new social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter. People are more willing to help when they know who you are.
- What You Can Do for Your Career Network
Networking shouldn’t be a one way street. If you come across an interesting article or a relevant job listing, share it with your network. The point of having a career network is to have resources who can help, but, you should reciprocate, whenever you can.
Keep Track of Your Network
Keep track of your personal career network somewhere. Whether it’s electronically or on paper, make sure you know who is who, where they work, and how to get in touch.
Online job searching networking does work. Sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and a variety of other online networking websites can help you get in touch with other networkers at specific companies, with college affiliations or in a certain geographic area. In addition, if you’re a university graduate, your institute may have an alumni career network you can access.
When networking with people you don’t know, make sure that you know what you want. Are you looking for company information? Do you want to know about job opportunities? Be specific in what you ask for.
Networking in person works too. If you belong to a professional association, attend a meeting or a seminar. You’ll find that many of the participants have the same goals you do and will be glad to exchange business cards.
Career Networking Works!
As you can see, career networking really does work and it’s importance to have a viable network in place throughout your career and to use your network to your advantage when job searching or exploring career options.