Master Guide to Networking Best Practices

Seeking new job opportunities can be a daunting journey, but with the right approach, it can become more manageable and rewarding. Here are some battle-tested tips on how to effectively network for your job search and land your dream job.

1. Maximize Your LinkedIn Job Search

Spending too much time scrolling through job listings can be counterproductive.

Instead, save your job search criteria on LinkedIn and dedicate just one day per week (10% of your dedicated job search time) to job applications.

This will not only save you time but also allow you to focus on the jobs that best match your skills and preferences.

For instance, if you’re aiming for a “VP of Sales” role in a remote, technology or software industry, use the advanced filters to set these parameters. LinkedIn will then send you an email every week with all the new matches. If something sparks your interest, don’t hesitate to apply!

Maximize Your LinkedIn Job Search

2. Connect with Active LinkedIn Users

To build a strong network, find professionals within your desired job function who are active on LinkedIn (i.e., have liked a post or engaged within the past 1-2 days). SEND THEM A PERSONALIZED MESSAGE. The deeper and more niche you can be, the better.

NOTE: Writing someone’s first name DOES NOT constitute a personalized message ????????‍♂️

EXPECTATIONS: If you’re writing good messages, you should expect a response rate of 10% or more

CONVERSION RATE: As an FYI – 10% conversion is insanely high in the world of cold outreach ????

3. Use Crystal Knows for Better Communication

The Crystal Knows Chrome extension provides personality-based guidance for every email, call, and meeting. This tool can significantly improve your communication style, making your outreach more effective.

4. Initiate a Phone Call

After exchanging a few messages, it’s beneficial to get on the phone for a quick 15-minute conversation. This will give you a better understanding of their role and company, and it also helps build rapport. At the end of the call, express your interest in keeping in touch and potentially discussing any future job opportunities that may arise. People appreciate genuine interest, and most will happily agree.

5. Nurture Your Professional Relationships

Establishing a connection is just the beginning. It’s crucial to maintain and nurture your professional relationships by sending follow-up messages every couple of months. Ask about their well-being, share an insightful podcast or article, and update them on your professional journey.

When you spot a role that interests you at their company, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask if they could refer your application to the hiring manager. Remember, you don’t G-E-T unless you A-S-K!

6. Use ChatGPT for Interview Preparation

ChatGPT is an AI-powered tool that can help you prepare for your interviews. Tell it about your upcoming interview and ask for expected interview questions. Writing out your answers in advance using the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action, Result) can significantly boost your confidence and readiness.

Need help with developing STAR stories? Try my Personal Branding course where I help you develop your Elevator Pitch using the STAR format to build out your three greatest strengths.

STAR format in Interviews: This format of interview question and answers is a beloved HR format for asking you the “tell me about a time when…” type of question.

The “S” stands for “Situation,” where you can tell the interviewer about what was going on when you were brought into it.

The “T” stands for “Task” that you were responsible for.

The “A” stands for what “Actions” you specifically took that accomplished the tasks you were assigned (or hired to do),

and the “R” stands for what were the “Results” of your actions.

7. Practice Makes Perfect

Finally, make sure to practice your answers out loud until you internalize them.

This rehearsal will help you deliver your responses smoothly during your interview, leading to a higher chance of success.

Remember, there’s no substitute for thorough preparation!

In conclusion, implementing these effective networking best practices is a game-changer in your job search. By strategically using LinkedIn, personalizing your outreach, utilizing tools like Crystal Knows and ChatGPT, maintaining relationships, and preparing thoroughly for interviews, you’re setting yourself up for success in your quest for the next best job. SDG!

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