They say who you know is more important than what you know. In recruitment, your network is everything. Without our network, we wouldn’t have work. Here are a few simple networking tips that have worked for me:
- Introduce yourself to everyone you meet (within reason). No need to introduce yourself to the McDonald’s Drive Thru window person (they are probably far too busy to chat anyway!), but if you see someone in reception at your office, shake their hand and let them know who you are.
- Let people talk about themselves, remember what they tell you so that you can bring that up in conversation next time you have a chat.
- Carry a couple of business cards with you wherever you go, you never know who you may run into.
- Go to conventions/seminars/etc. that complement the type of people you’re recruiting
- Make/run/follow groups on Twitter and LinkedIn
- Befriend the gate keepers
- Send follow-up emails after you meet with someone
- Offer help without expecting anything back
- Give referrals! Offer to take two business cards so you can pass them on to a friend or co-worker.
You never know what the next person you meet can do for your career. Speak to people about the issues and interests you are passionate about, eventually you will speak to someone who shares those same passions and can help you along the way.