Randstad Canada emphasizes the importance of a proactive and skilled
approach to networking in today's competitive job market.
TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - When it comes to networking, it's
hard to deny the importance of Linkedin and the other social networking
sites, but according to Stacy Parker, Executive Vice-President of
Marketing at Randstad Canada, the country's leader for staffing,
recruitment and HR Services, good old-fashioned face-to-face networking
is also an important component that needs to be developed in today's
competitive job market.
According to Parker, it's important to think about networking every day,
not just when you are looking for a job. "Networking occurs all day,
every day, both at work and in your private life. It's about connecting
with people and building relationships. You are networking when you
meet parents at the hockey rink, when you volunteer in your community
or even when you join a new group or committee," she explains.
It is often said that in order to increase your network you should
attend industry events - but just showing up at these events is not
enough - it's important to be proactive when networking.
Parker shares 5 useful ways to fine-tune your networking skills:
Plan ahead and be prepared before you go to a networking event.
Know what you are going to say when people ask about you and your
business. Put together a short description of who you are and what you
do. Create enough interest to prompt people to ask more questions.
Talk to people you don't know. It is easy to spend your time talking to
people you are familiar with but you must show interest in those you
don't know. Find out what they do, what needs they have, and how you
might be able to help them.
Remember that networking is about building relationships, not selling.
Truly listen to what others are saying and look for opportunities to
help them and to enhance the relationship. You want to be prepared to
talk about yourself if asked, but your focus should be on others.
Follow up with the people you met to further develop these
Parker admits that in today's technological world, it's still important
to take advantage of the various social media sites that are available
to bridge these important connections. "Once you have invested time and
effort into face-to-face meetings, you can rely on online networking to
stay in touch and strengthen your relationships. That's where the two
methods fit well together," she says.
Visit the Randstad Canada's Career Tools page to watch our video on networking or visit Randstad Canada's YouTube page for more tips and techniques that will help you maximize your job
search process and career growth opportunities.
About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR
Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country,
we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful
knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of
recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca
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