Did you know that 85% of jobs are filled by networking? Often, the best job opportunities aren’t posted on jobs sites like Gumtree, Seek or Indeed — which means a good network is your best tool when it comes to hearing about better jobs and bigger opportunities.
Are you confident that you know what it takes to start building and maintaining a professional network? We’ve come up with our Top 5 Tips that may help you get started.
When it comes down to it, networking is actually quite simple: it’s about getting to know people and letting them get to know you. We’re talking about professional networking here, so while it’s always good to get to know someone on a personal level, keep the chat professional.
Make sure to ask questions and get to know the person you’re chatting with as well! You can find out what kind of work they specialise in or how they got their start in the industry.
Don’t show off
Sure, you want to let people know that you’re good at your job, but you shouldn’t come across as self-serving or showy.
Work up to it
You might be the kind of person who’s too shy to kick off smoko chat, but you can prepare for it by thinking of a few questions ahead of time — things about past jobs, plans for the weekend, what they’ve been working on and even the weather!
Practice makes perfect
Like any skill, networking takes practice. Take every chance you can to talk to other tradies, and those who work in and around your industry — at smoko, lunch or while you’re on a job.
You might not even realise how people can become valuable connections, including at suppliers’ outlets or warehouses, when chatting on the phone to a new subbie, or while getting quotes for a new job. Every conversation has the potential to become a future opportunity or job.