Get the Best out of Networking

Networking is an increasingly important aspect in searching and landing a job. This is even more important for fresh graduates since they need to be assisted by someone who knows them from the inside or someone that has reputation and could vouch for their efficiency. A fresh graduate will not have a lot of experience which means he or she doesn’t have any real world proof of being able to handle different tasks.

Aside from your regular acquaintances, you can also develop networking by signing up to companies that specialize in introducing you to important persons that will help you land a job. These are networking companies and they usually set up meetings and casual interaction so that you can properly introduce yourself and improve your chances of being hired. These networking companies will usually require a monthly fee. The fee is often asked from its members not only because they want to earn, they also want everyone to have a fair chance of being hired.

Selecting the Right Company

Not all networking companies are the same. Networking companies often use a technique on how their members could be introduced to one another. Some companies may host a monthly gathering or a party so that its members could interact with each other.

Some even organize a small sporting event such as golf so that their members could mingle with each other. Your selection of the right networking group should be based on activities that might be appealing to you. If you share admiration or dedicate to a hobby with someone who is in position to hire you, you can easily relate to each other and be at ease with each other’s company.

Selection Based on Members

You may be barking at a wrong tree without you knowing it. Before you sign up for a networking company, be sure to have a fair idea of who their members are. If you are just signing up without looking at the members, you are placing your money to something that might not be useful. Request from the networking company information about its members.

Of course for security sake they will not show you the names of its members but they will show you which industry they do specialize. If none of these industries are appealing to you then the particular networking company will not work for your advancement.

Popularity of the Company

Fresh graduates should go for well known networking companies as much as possible. The success of a networking company is based on the fact that they are very popular and are able to attract many business leaders and decision makers to be part of their group.

The only downside of a popular company is that you will eventually have competitors in terms of gaining the attention of a decision maker. But you just have to trust the company that offers this service. They are aware of the impeding competition but instead of pushing for an open competition, the members are given a chance to mingle with important people so that they could personally introduce themselves.

Editorial Team at Geekinterview is a team of HR and Career Advice members led by Chandra Vennapoosa.

Editorial Team – who has written posts on Online Learning.

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