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How to Nurture Your Network Before You Need

How to Nurture Your Network Before You Need
From Recruiter - August 11, 2016

There is absolutely no doubt that networking is an effective route to securing a job, which is why those who suddenly find themselves on the market are often inclined to jump straight to it.Sadly, they often end up disappointed when their efforts dont result in a new job right away.

While networking when you need a job is certainly worthwhile, you really need to nurture your network even when youre not actively looking. Thats how you land your next great job.

With that in mind, here are some tips on how to build, nurture, and give back to your network in order to reap the benefits later:

Work on Your Network Before You Need It

A lot of people assume that when youre looking for a job is when you need to build a network. In reality, you need to have a network built beforeyoure on the hunt. You can do that through traditional methods like going to organized networking events, joining professional organizations, and attending alumni events, as well as through nontraditional methodslike volunteering in your community. You can also ask people you work with or with whom you have a professional relationship to make introductions for you. At the start, its all aboutmeeting people and creating relationships.

The important thing to keep in mind at this stage is to always be on the lookout for opportunities to connect, even when youre not at work-related functions or traditional networking events. If youre making small talk with someone and learn something about them that interests you in a professional capacity, ask them about it. Then, assuming that they seem receptive, suggest further conversation or ask to get coffee. Show them that youre interested and want to learn more. Once youve made a couple connections, then you can funnel them into your network.

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