We have all heard the old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” It is amazing to discover the extent to which this is true.
In a recent LinkedIn global survey, almost 80% of respondents consider professional networking to be important to career success. In fact, in 2016 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection.
Unfortunately, networking behaviors don’t always match these positive attitudes. Almost 40% of LinkedIn survey respondents find it hard to keep in touch with their network. The major reason: lack of time.
A more detailed study conducted in 2016 by Lou Adler reveals exactly which job search methods resulted in a successful hire. Networking is by far the most effective, especially for those not actively searching for a new job.
Now may be the time to invest in your professional connections. On November 15 at Nichols Library, Cathy Giacobbe from the Naperville Community Career Center will give a workshop on networking and personal branding for job seekers. The presentation will provide strategies and guidance on job search networking to develop new opportunities to get around the online application black hole. If you would like to hear more, please join us. You will find the information here.