Edited article originally written by Laura Raines
As we ring in the new year, executive job seekers will find new opportunities in the 2012’s job market as well. According to the December Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, employers anticipate a 9% increase in hiring during the first quarter of the new year, the most promising hiring Outlook survey since 2008.
Here are a few networking tips from career coaches, recruiters and other experts to help you make the most of your job search in 2012.
- Professionalize your presence online. Martha Carnahan, certified business and life coach with BrilliantVisions LLC recommends you Google yourself and look at your online profiles through the eyes of your next employer. “You want to impress and show your personality, but avoid the ‘too much information’ factor.” says Martha.
- Learn to NetWeave. “In traditional networking, you ask for help, which may feel uncomfortable. A less self-serving and more powerful method is Bob Littell’s NetWeaving.” suggests Patrick Lynch, President of Frontier Group. “Become a connector of people and resource for helping others find solutions, knowing that you’re growing your network and help will come back to you.”
- Try Organic Networking. “Build relationships naturally by doing what you enjoy and being who you are. Talk about your career plans with family, friends, your yoga instructor or your child’s soccer coach.” advises Laura Biering, leadership coach with True Voices Inc. “You’ll create a flourishing network and net more business contacts and referrals down the road.”
- Set yourself apart with social media. “Create a compelling LinkedIn profile that includes a PowerPoint presentation highlighting your capabilities and accomplishments. Create a Facebook fan page for business. Include compelling content and video to show that you know industry trends and are a leader in your field.” suggests Talent Builders’ CEO, Barbara Giamanco.
Honing your networking skills will serve you well throughout your professional career, especially when job searching. Networking takes time and relationships won’t develop overnight, so be patient. By making a point of consistently meeting new people, you will learn from others about your industry, profession, and the companies you’re interested in. You might even find your perfect job you would have never known about otherwise.