Most new hires come from networking, not online job applications. That means that job seekers really need to bring their networking A-game, if they want to land a new gig.
Of course, schmoozing doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you’re having trouble lining up your next job opportunity, it’s possible that you’re making networking mistakes.
This week’s lead story looks at common errors that might be holding you back. That, plus a better way to build your personal brand and how long to wait for a job offer, in our roundup.
Are you doing most of your networking online these days? That might be where you’ve gone wrong.
At its best, networking is done face to face. In an age when technology allows us to do nearly everything online, we need to remember there’s no substitute for getting out there and introducing yourself to someone in person. When you meet people, you get a better read on who they really are. Even if you feel you won’t be good at networking events, challenge yourself to get out there. Even if you talk to only one or two people, try to find common ground. However awkward you feel at first, with practice you’ll soon become much more at ease.
Read about more common networking mistakes in this post.
Dorie Clark at Personal Branding Blog: The Best Form of Personal Branding? Become a Recognized Expert
Why is becoming a recognized expert more valuable than just having a strong personal brand? Clark writes:
When you’re understood by others to be not just good, but among the very best in your company or industry, the equation changes. You barely have to market yourself, because the opportunities come to you. Prospective employers and clients already know who you are, and already want to work with you. You don’t have to convince them; you can name your price. That’s the power of taking your personal brand to the highest level.
Here are three key elements of becoming an expert, and how to make it happen.
Lisa Rangel at Chameleon Resumes: How Long Should I Wait For a Job Offer?
During a training session, a client asked Rangel the following question:
“I had an interview two Fridays ago and it went really well! But now I haven’t heard anything. Does it mean I am out of the running? I have followed up twice… Should I follow up again? How long do I wait?”
If you’ve ever had an awesome interview for your dream job, but then heard crickets afterward, you’ll want to read her response and tips for what to do next.
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