Networking: How to Do It
May 17, 2011 3:10 PM Subscribe
Digital Job Search, LinkedIn Filter: I'm shy when it comes to asking people for help. I want to expand my job search horizons by learning how to use LinkedIn more effectively, and by getting over my inability to network.
posted by iLoveTheRain to Work & Money (6 answers total) 47 users marked this as a favorite
Like many others, I'm a recent grad with a LinkedIn profile. It's clear, filled out, and according to my professional friends from other industries, very enticing. Despite this, however, I've yet to figure out a way to use this profile to my advantage when networking because I have no idea how to network without making myself feel like a brown-noser. I would like to overcome this problem so that I can finally show potential employers what an excellent asset I'd be to their company.
The other day, for example, I noticed that one of my former classmates got Linked with some of the HR folks at two or three companies I would kill to work for. I have no idea how she connected with these key recruiters and quite frankly, I'm envious, and daunted, because now she has the ear of three people who are demonstratedly good at getting their connections work, and I want to ask her to introduce me to them, too. Another contact of mine expressed interest in a mutual friend's resume recently because said contact's company is looking for production assistants and told her to use LinkedIn to do it. I desperately wanted to offer up my info but didn't because, again, I'm not adept at networking.
How can I learn to more effectively navigate this problem, and more specifically, how can I use LinkedIn to help me do it? What kind of protocols are in place when it comes to contacting a recruiter on LinkedIn (verbage, what to say/what not to say, etc). Beyond that resources are out there that are modern and tried and true for someone like me? Maybe I'm super off the mark, so if so, please set me straight. My alma mater's career center was bullshit so I have no idea what I'm doing anymore.
I know that if I could just move beyond this, I could really improve my chances of getting hired somewhere. I'm part of the film industry (not production, not an artist), if it matters. Thanks!