Why should you network?
You don’t need to know what you want to do to have conversations.
In fact, you have conversations to work out what you want to do.
A personal story.
- I went to WestTechFest in 2020
- I met people from two different companies at the drinks after
- I connected with them on LinkedIn, kept up to date and engaged with their work
- I was top of mind when they needed someone for a role, project etc. (this is how I got my first full-time job out of school)
Networking tips - using LinkedIn
Creating your profile
- Show your ‘human side’ too (particularly early on in your career)
- What do you care about? What excites you? What does everyone know you as the go-to for? (for me personally, it’s another iPhone app recommendation!)
- It’s not a “set-and-forget”. Mine changes every other month. Keep it fresh and you and your career evolve.
- Who should I reach out to? Ask: What am I curious about at the moment
- Commonality creates connection. Use Advanced filtering to find people with similarities (e.g. same school, degree, old job, mutual friend, voluntary interest)
- “Add a note”, share the commonality then follow with curiosity about them
- Use empathy here. Don’t say “can I pick your brain” or ask something you can Google :)
- at a minimum, by connecting you get to see their content
- OR you may have some discussions, catch up etc.
- Be a documentarian (but use a ‘value’ filter - will people get something from it?)
- You could share 2-3 thoughts from a recent excursion, conference, presentation etc.
- Or lessons from work (yes, even a part-time job!)
- Also, engage in other people’s posts too by leaving a thoughtful comment
Bonus tip - LinkedIn generates a Resume for you!
- Here's how
- So keep your LinkedIn profile up to date - and never worry about having to double up for your CV too.
Any q's, feel free to say hi on LinkedIn!