If you’re looking for a new job, then you probably know that you need to spend a lot of time networking. However, knowing something and actually doing it are two different things, right?
And if you’re like many job candidates, the thought of networking can be akin to torture. But, as a leading staffing agency, part of our job at Peoplelink is to network. So we know first-hand that it doesn’t have to be that painful!
In fact, there are many myths about networking that stop candidates from taking full advantage of it. Here’s a look at a few – and the real facts behind the fiction:
Myth #1: You have to be outgoing to network effectively.
Networking is simply about building relationships. It’s not about being the most popular person in the room. And in fact, people who are more introverted can sometimes be stronger at networking because they are usually better listeners. So next time you’re in a networking situation, get over your shyness by focusing on others and asking them questions about themselves.
Myth #2: When you reach out to people, you’re bothering them.
Looking to land a job at a certain company? Know someone who already works there? Then it’s a no-brainer to get in contact with them and ask them to walk your resume into HR or put in a good word for you.
However, many people don’t take this step simply because they’re afraid of being a pest. But stop worrying! Think of it from the opposite perspective. If you were in a position to help someone out, you’d likely do it. And what’s the worst that can happen? They can simply say “no.”
Myth #3: Networking is old-fashioned.
You might not know this, but the majority of job openings are not advertised publicly. Instead, they are filled through word of mouth. So you’re selling yourself short if you don’t get out there and network.
Myth #4: You’ll land a great job just through “who you know.”
You can certainly land interviews with “who you know,” but you’re not going to get the job unless you impress the people you’re interviewing with. So don’t look at networking as a sure-fire way to secure a job; look at it as a door opener to potential opportunities.
In addition, keep in mind that if “who you know” doesn’t like and respect you, then they’re not going to refer you to job leads.
Speaking of Job Leads….
If you need help finding out about job leads, then let us know. As a top staffing agency, Peoplelink networks all the time with hiring managers from companies all over the country. As a result, we can match you with job opportunities and employers that are the right fit for you. Contact Peoplelink if you’d like to learn more.