Having spent many years in recruitment, I can tell you that in today's very keen job market, you can't solely rely on submitting online applications and hoping for the best.
Networking has proved to be a great tool, capable of greatly honing your chance of landing your dream job.
I've seen firsthand that building relationships, using professional connections, and delving into the hidden job arena all form key aspects of a solid job-hunting approach.
In this blog post, I'll be going over networking strategies specifically suited to the Australian job-hunting landscape. With these techniques, you'll be set to form genuine bonds and unlock doors leading to new career pathways.
Attend networking events & professional gatherings
Networking events and professional meets provide great forums to meet industry professionals, potential employers, and like-minded individuals.
Keep an eye out for industry-specific conferences, seminars, workshops, and local meetups that align with your career interests.
Go to these events with a clear goal in mind, such as expanding your professional network or learning about job opportunities.
Be active in engaging with others, ask insightful questions, and swap contact details to follow up later.
Click the button below to explore some questions you can ask during the next event you attend.
Leverage online networking platforms
In today's digital age, online networking platforms have become instrumental in expanding professional networks.
Platforms like LinkedIn are quite popular in Australia and offer lots of networking opportunities.
Create a full LinkedIn profile that shows your skills, experience, and career goals. Connect with professionals in your desired industry, join groups, and actively engage in discussions. Personalise connection requests, expressing your interest in their work or seeking advice.
Remember, networking is a two-way street, so offer help or share valuable insights when you can.
Utilise alumni networks & professional associations
Your educational institution and professional associations can provide valuable networking opportunities.
Reach out to your alumni network and attend events or mentoring programs.
Establishing connections with alumni who have similar career paths can offer insights, referrals, or potential job leads.
Additionally, joining industry-specific professional associations can connect you with industry experts and help you stay updated on the latest trends.
Attend conferences, workshops, and networking sessions managed by these associations to broaden your connections.
Engage in informational interviews
Informational interviews are a great way to gain insights into different industries, roles, and companies.
Reach out to professionals in your field of interest and request a short meeting to learn more about their career journey. Prepare thoughtful questions beforehand to show your genuine interest.
These interviews not only provide valuable knowledge but also help you build relationships with professionals who may offer job referrals or serve as references in the future.
Volunteer or join community initiatives
Engaging in volunteer work or community projects is a great way to expand your network while making a positive impact.
Find organisations or projects aligned with your interests and devote some of your time and skills. Not only will you meet people from diverse backgrounds, but you'll also show your commitment and dedication, which can impress potential employers.
Volunteer work often leads to unexpected connections and can uncover hidden job opportunities that may not be advertised.
Follow up & maintain relationships
Networking doesn't end after swapping business cards or connecting on social media.
Follow up with your new connections by sending personalised thank-you emails or messages, expressing your gratitude for their time and insights.
Stay in touch periodically by sharing recent articles, congratulating them on their achievements, or offering help whenever possible.
Building and nurturing these relationships over time can be vital when options arise or when you need professional advice.
Click the button below to check out some email templates you can use following a networking event or professional meet.
In today's fierce job market, networking has become a great skill for job seekers in Australia.
By going to networking events, making use of online platforms, using alumni networks, engaging in informational interviews, joining community projects, and maintaining relationships, you can create a robust professional network that opens doors to new career options.
Remember, networking is about building genuine connections, so approach it with truth and a desire to give as much as you get.
If you'd like more information on this topic, I encourage you to check out SEEK's complete guide to networking.
Happy networking and best of luck on your job search!
Are you looking for a job?
Now that you better understand how to network to get a job, you should take a moment to check our current vacancies page.
At 11 Recruitment, we have a range of white-collar temp and perm jobs available. We're always on the lookout for top talent to place with our clients, so we encourage you to apply for any positions that are of interest.
If none of our current vacancies are right for you, you should register for job alerts. Then we’ll be able to notify you when we receive a position that matches your profile.
What are your thoughts?
I'd love to have a conversation with you about this topic - please leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or opinions 🙂
Managing Director of 11 Recruitment