Build your Network
Did you know that experts have estimated that approximately 80% of all positions in the labour market are never publicly advertised or posted? This is what is known as the hidden job market. These positions are filled by — or created for — candidates who have come to the attention of an employer through direct connections, or recommendations and referrals from trusted colleagues and associates. As the saying goes, a successful job search is not only about what you know, but also who you know.
Still, networking is a lot more than shaking hands, collecting business cards, adding people on LinkedIn, or recruiting followers on Twitter. It is about developing and nurturing genuine and meaningful professional connections.
Networking is also a two-way street: you should be simultaneously giving and receiving advice and assistance, and sharing information with others, thus allowing others to see you as a valuable resource. Taking networking to the next level, it is not only about who you know, but also who knows you.
Since networking is about authentic engagement and relationship building with people, it does take time. That is why you should not wait — start networking now!