Nowadays it’s common to look for jobs on networking sites rather than job-search sites, Those connections make you more appealing to potential employers. This is because networking sites offer more than just lists of vacancies near you, but inspiration and ways to better and share your skills. These are strange times, you and some of our students may be facing job security issues, whereas some others may be using this time to get themselves in a good position to look for work. At UKCE, we have put together some useful tips on how to network online. This guide on how to network online should help you find a new job.
- Connect with people you know in real life.
Your professional network helps you find jobs, gives you access to career advice and new opportunities. But strangers on the internet are like strangers in real life, and they might not want to help you simply because they don’t know you. Therefore, add all your colleagues; past and present, as well as your friends. But also connect with people who can offer you help or advice, which may lead to a positive experience for your career.
- Use hashtags and share things
The beauty of networking sites is that they are like an enhanced CV. Imagine your CV brought to life. Using hashtags and sharing things is a great way of making your profile standout. It will also show that you are serious about what you do. Another benefit of hashtags is that you can find out more information about what you are interested in, so it makes accessing information even easier.
- Reconnect with old contacts you may have lost touch with
Everyone is trying to do the same thing on an online network. Adding people who you haven’t spoken to in a long time or friends from school is a great way for any ESL student to take advantage of the opportunity. Remember that as an ESL student you can use LinkedIn in both English and your first language so the amount of people you can connect with is far greater.
- Use the site to your advantage
Here are some things to think about when building your profile online:
- Turn the summary into a story – only listing your skills is fine but why not talk about why the skills matter.
- Have the right photo – some people think a suit and tie is the best option. However, we would suggest that you wear what you would wear to work.
- Take the skills assessment – if you have admin skills or computing skills take those assessments so you get the little badge on the page. These are always with you and add something special to your profile.
- Comment and interact – interacting and getting to know people is a great way to network. However, don’t start arguments. It doesn’t look good.
- Follow the right people – this puts relevant things on your profile and gives context. Besides, it allows you to grow your network to something that suits you best.
- Use your contacts – endorse people you know for skills you know they have. You can also ask them to do the same for you. This adds character to your profile.
- Job hunt effectively
Networking means making useful connections in business and those businesses need people. If you have made useful connections, you will have a much easier time job hunting than someone who has not. Don’t lose confidence if you get told ‘no’ because it might not be the right job for you. Successful ESL students find jobs on networks because they have built strong profiles. A strong profile allows the site to show them relevant job roles that match their profile.
So, if during the lockdown you’ve been thinking of a career change, make sure you’re following our sound advice. This guide on how to network online should help you find a new job. Sometimes it’s not necessarily what you know, but who you know as well. Try it out and you won’t regret it.