In order to find employment, it is necessary to engage in some professional networking, forming meaningful connections both online and off. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking. This makes it important for job seekers to not only engage in some professional networking, but to do so smartly and shrewdly. In a new statement to the press, the career experts at Grammar Chic, Inc. highlight some common networking errors—and ways to avoid them.
“The old saying tells us that, when it comes to employment, it’s not what you know but who you know,” comments Grammar Chic CEO Amanda E. Clark. “Given this reality, it is imperative for job seekers to be forming those connections, both on LinkedIn and other social networks as well as at face-to-face networking events.”
Doing so is easier said than done. Clark says one of the deadliest networking errors is having a “me-first” mentality. “When you go to a networking event, you should be willing to listen to others and help them facilitate meaningful connections, even if it doesn’t directly benefit you,” she comments. “Put yourself in the role of a connection facilitator, introducing people who might be able to work together well. If you don’t do this, you’ll likely leave the event empty-handed.”
Clark says smart networking extends to LinkedIn, as well. “The most important point to make about LinkedIn is that the only connections that truly matter, in terms of offering you employment, are people who can remember your name,” she observes. “Think twice before bothering random people on LinkedIn just for the sake of having more connections. This just isn’t a great use of your time and networking resources.”
The Grammar Chic CEO also advises against neglecting other social channels. “That’s another deadly networking error—thinking that LinkedIn is the only site that can help you advance your career,” says Clark. “Actually, it is vital for job seekers to build industry authority on sites like Twitter and even Facebook—and perhaps to leverage that authority for meaningful connections.”
For all of this, though, Clark’s strongest admonition is for job seekers to leave their computers occasionally to attend actual networking events. “Do people land jobs based solely on LinkedIn and Twitter? Absolutely,” she says. “However, most recruiters and employers will tell you that face-to-face relationship building wins out every time. Attending professional networking events from time to time is essential.”
A professional writing company located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Grammar Chic, Inc. is passionate about helping its clients shine through superior written content. The team employs all in-house, American writers who are seasoned and adept in content marketing, social media marketing, Web content writing, blogging and more. Grammar Chic’s CEO, Amanda E. Clark, is a nationally known thought leader in digital marketing and copywriting. To learn more about Grammar Chic, Inc. and the services that its team offers, visit www.grammarchic.net. Interested individuals are invited to “like” the company’s Facebook page and follow @GrammarChicInc on Twitter.
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