Networking

Concluding Tips

  1. Effective networking requires self-confidence, poise and personal conviction. If you are a newcomer to Canada or your area, attend community events so you can become more familiar with your neighbourhood and its businesses and organizations.
  2. You must first know the companies and organizations for which you wish to work. That will determine the type of network you will develop.
  3. Focus on meeting the “right person”. This takes planning and preparation.
  4. Ask for advice and not a job.
  5. Get comfortable on the telephone. Good telephone communication skills are critical.
  6. Don’t fear rejection. If a contact cannot help you, move on to the next contact. Do not take it personally – it’s just part of the process.
  7. Keep in touch with the major contacts in your network on a monthly basis. Remember, out of sight, out of mind.
  8. Networking is a two way street. Be honest and brief and offer your contacts something in return for their time, advice, and information.
  9. Send thank you notes following each networking contact.
  10. Carry business cards with you at all times to hand out to everyone with whom you come in contact.
  11. Show an interest in the people who are your network contacts. Remember that every positive interaction will benefit you and support your career goals.
  12. Tell everyone you know that you are job hunting, and politely ask them to keep you in mind if they hear of anything, without becoming a pest about it. Thank anyone who gives you a tip.