Ep38: Networking DO's and DON'Ts.

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In this episode, Mei Phing discusses how networking for job opportunities requires a targeted approach, focusing on building relationships with recruiters, HR professionals, industry thought leaders, and relevant connections. It is also important to establish strong relationships within your current workplace.



00:28 🀝 Networking on LinkedIn can be for better jobs or to establish influence; strategies differ.

02:01 ⚑️ Job networking requires connecting with recruiters, HR professionals, and industry thought leaders.

03:00 πŸ”Ž Assess your connection list on LinkedIn to ensure you are engaging with the right people.

05:55 πŸ’Ό Building relationships within your workplace is crucial for job networking.

07:18 πŸ’ͺ People who have experienced your work firsthand can vouch for your skills and recommend you.

09:09 πŸ“ Networking is about demonstrating your value and what you can bring to a new employer.

11:23 πŸ† Focus on a select group of people who recognize your value and can bring you new opportunities.


Key Insights

🀝 Building relationships on LinkedIn: The focus should be on connecting with recruiters, HR professionals, and industry thought leaders. Engage with the right people to increase the chances of finding job opportunities. 

⚑️ Assessing your connection list: It is important to evaluate your LinkedIn connections and categorize them into recruiters, HR professionals, thought leaders in your industry, and others. This helps ensure you are networking with the right people who can support your job search.

πŸ’Ό Building relationships at work: Establishing strong relationships with colleagues, managers, and stakeholders is crucial. These individuals can vouch for your skills and experiences, making them valuable references and potential sources of job opportunities. 

πŸ’ͺ The value of firsthand experience: People who have worked with you can provide evidence of your abilities and character. Maintaining relationships with these individuals even after leaving a company can lead to job referrals and recommendations.

πŸ“ Demonstrating value in networking: Networking is not just about making connections; it’s about showcasing what you can bring to a new employer. Building relationships with individuals who recognize your value increases the likelihood of being recommended for new roles or jobs.

πŸ† Focus on targeted relationships: It is impossible to build relationships with everyone, so it is important to choose a specific group of individuals to focus your energy and attention on. These should be people who know your performance and can vouch for your abilities, keeping you top of mind for job opportunities. 



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