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“What is networking and how can it help me?”


Networking is connecting with people you meet or know. It’s a great way to give and get help, advice, information, support, and referrals to and from other people.

Networking is incredibly valuable when you’re looking for work. In fact, 70% of jobs are filled by people who heard about them through their networks.

Networking is a great way to find out about unadvertised jobs. It can help you find a mentor. And it’s a great way to get the inside scoop on careers, programs, training, and companies you may want to work for.

Everyone has a personal network of family, friends, neighbours, classmates, and people they know through community, social, and religious groups. People in your personal network can also be part of your professional network.

Building a professional network can take a bit of effort. So how do you do it?

Start by printing some professional-looking business cards. Carry them with you and hand them out to people you meet through formal or informal channels. They’ll help people remember you and give them a way to get in touch.

You can network informally through the contacts and conversations you have in your everyday life. Work colleagues, former employers, instructors, coaches, and alumni groups can all become part of your network. In addition, you can attend job fairs, meetings of your union or professional association, or formal networking events targeted to your occupation or industry. And you can network online through email, social media, blogs, online communities, or professional networking sites like LinkedIn.

Tell everyone in your networks what you’re looking for—whether it’s information, job leads, or general advice. Ask them to keep their eyes and ears open for you, or refer you to someone who can help. And be prepared to do the same.

Be willing to share your contacts openly. Always say thank you for help received. And don’t ask too often or too much.

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