Networking is a key aspect of success in any industry, and the job search is no exception.
Whether you're just starting out in your career or looking to make a change,
building a strong network can open doors to new opportunities and help you
advance in your field.
But for many job seekers, the idea of networking can be intimidating. It's easy to
feel like you're imposing on others or that you don't have anything valuable to
offer. Here are a few tips and strategies to help you build your network with
1. Start by building relationships within your own industry. Attend industry events, join
professional organisations, and engage with others/groups on LinkedIn and other
social media platforms.
2. Don't be afraid to reach out to others and ask for advice or introductions. People are generally happy to help out when they can, and you never know who might be able to
introduce you to your next opportunity.
3. Volunteer your time and skills. Not only will you be giving back to your community, but
you'll also be building relationships with others who share your interests and
values. All HB People employees have a paid day off to go and work with their chosen
4. Prepare and followup after meetings and events. Send an agenda or plan for the meeting to make sure you get everything covered that you need. Send a quick note thanking the person for their time and highlighting any key takeaways from your
5. Keep your network current and active. Stay in touch with your connections, even if you
don't have a specific ask. Share articles, updates, and other interesting
content to keep your relationship strong.
6. Be authentic and genuine. Nobody wants to feel like they're being used for their
connections, so be sincere in your interactions and be willing to offer value
Networking can seem intimidating at first, but with practice and a little bit of effort,
you can build a strong network that will serve you well throughout your career.
By following these tips and strategies, you'll be well on your way to building
the connections you need to succeed.