While we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, several aspects of this new normal will become permanent. Remote work and remote hiring are at the top of that list, but so is remote networking. How do you grow your network when networking is now virtual? Here are a few tips for building your network in virtual space.
Be Thoughtful About Connections
Networking online isn’t exactly like a face-to-face networking event. When you’re in person, you can strike up a conversation with anyone and everyone. But online, you want to be a little more strategic. Rather than simply sending out all the potential connections on LinkedIn, look for people with whom you have a shared connection or interest.
Personalize Your Request
Whenever you send an online connection, let the other person know why you’ve reached out. This is true on a business network such as LinkedIn or even friends of friends on Facebook. It’s a courtesy to send a quick message to share why you wanted to connect. It will only take a few moments of your time.
Leverage Your Current Network
The best way to make new connections online is to review your current connections. Reach out to people you know now to see if they might be able to connect you to someone who may be an expert in whatever field you’re interested in pursuing. And not every connection needs to lead to a job, but making quality connections can lead to other opportunities.
Just like in-person networking, it’s essential to follow up with your connections to nurture those relationships. It can be something as simple as sharing an interesting article you found or referring someone to them when you see a connection.
Work with a Staffing Agency
Job seekers often miss a key method of networking to land their next job. Even today, in a virtual employment landscape, recruiters have their fingers on the pulse of the industry. They are still connecting to area businesses and working hard to connect top talent to the right companies. Apply with a staffing agency to expand your network exponentially.