This year marks the 16th edition of International Networking Week. It was created to help business leaders from around the world make contacts and build their networking skills.
Networking is an essential part of building a successful career in business. For us, working in the recruitment industry, it is the most important component. Networking allows you to connect with other professionals, establish relationships, and gain valuable insights and opportunities. But for many people, the thought of networking can be daunting and overwhelming. If you're one of these people, don't worry - we've got you covered. Here are some tips to help you master the art of networking for your successful career:
1. Be prepared
Networking events are a good way to build your first, small network - or to expand an existing one. However, before attending a networking event, do your research. Find out who will be there and what their backgrounds are. This will give you a better idea of who you should be targeting and what you should be talking about. Also, have a clear idea of what you want to achieve from the event and have your elevator pitch ready.
2. Make the first move
Don't wait for others to approach you. Take the initiative and introduce yourself to new people. Remember, everyone is there to network, so don't be afraid to approach someone and start a conversation.
3. Listen more than you talk
It's important to have a good conversation and make a good impression, but it's also important to take the time to listen to what others have to say. By listening, you'll be able to identify common ground and potential opportunities for collaboration.
4. Follow up
After the event, make sure to follow up with the contacts you made. Send them a personalised email, connect with them on LinkedIn, or schedule a phone call. This will help you to stay top of mind and continue building your relationship with them.
5. Be authentic
People can tell when someone is being fake or insincere. When networking, be true to yourself and be genuine in your interactions with others. This will help to build trust and establish long-term relationships.
6. Get involved in industry groups and organisations
Joining industry-specific groups and organisations can be a great way to meet other professionals and gain valuable insights into the industry. This can also be a great way to stay current on the latest trends and developments in your field.
7. Leverage your network
Once you've established a network of contacts, don't be afraid to leverage it. Reach out to your contacts and ask for introductions to other professionals or for advice on specific challenges you're facing.
8. Give before you take
Networking is not just about what you can gain from others, it's also about what you can offer. Be willing to share your expertise, offer to help others, and give back to the community.Networking is an important part of a successful career. For our recruiters, it is an extremely relevant aspect of their day-to-day work, enabling them to build an extensive network of candidates with niche skills and good, sustainable relationships with clients and candidates. That's why, from the start of their career, we work with our internal learning and development team to help them learn these necessary skills.
By following these tips and being authentic, you'll be able to establish valuable relationships and gain valuable insights and opportunities. Remember, networking is a long-term game, so keep at it and don't give up. Happy networking!
Are you looking for a new career where you can apply your new networking skills? Find out about our current vacancies here.