Reading an article posted on the Forbes website on October 26 caught my eye. Entitled “9 Ways to Network Without Leaving Your Couch” (via The Muse), the author (Kat Boogaard) identified ways to make career connections when not meeting face to face.
The author immediately recognized the significance of making connections by shaking hands, then quickly dove into several ways to take big steps toward developing strong networks. Here are a few which stood out:
Participate In A LinkedIn Discussion or Twitter Chat
Not only does engaging in these conversations help one get recognized as a leader, it helps develop a pool of followers and good connections. By participating in Twitter chats, we developed strong relationships with potential partners. One of them, connected via #MillennialTalk was nspHire.
Send Out Notes
Whether following up visits from a recent career fair or making a connection at a networking event, sending personal notes to new contacts goes a long way toward developing a valuable Rolodex of leaders.
Write A Guest Blog
This is a great way to get noticed. In fact, writing a blog on the Greek Ladders website does more than introduce job-seeking candidates to employers, it showcases writing skills and opinions. With each post, candidates collect points, enabling them to appear at the top of “preferred candidate” directory listings.
Check In With Your References
The worst thing to happen to a candidate is when a reference says something like, “I had no idea he/she was applying” or “it’s been quite a while since we last connected.” Taking a moment to send references a simple note or career/jobhunt update will go a long way.
Search for Volunteer Opportunities
This one is a particular favorite, as Greek Ladders was founded on philanthropic principles. By volunteering, one can learn and practice skills which can be directly applicable to the workplace. In addition, the people with whom the candidate volunteers can provide assistance to starting or advancing careers.
The article provides keen perspective on the various ways of networking without getting dressed up to attend a networking function. Take a moment to read the article to learn how to make strong connections without leaving the couch.