When asking someone for advice on how to get a job, they might mention updating your resume, they may even say to just constantly keep applying, but they will almost always tell you to network. Networking seems to be one of the best ways to not only acquire a job but to gain information about the industry you want to work in. I’ve watched numerous short videos for my senior seminar class about how to network and market yourself. They all seem to all agree that you need to able to brand yourself. Don’t post anything on social media that you don’t want an employer to see and establish a well developed LinkedIn that you check or update frequently. I really agree with importance of having an active presence on LinkedIn. It is the best format to broadcast your skill sets and experiences in ways that your resume can’t cover properly. Plus, it is extremely rewarding to see your profile strength as “all-star”. It’s like all your hard work is actually appreciated.
Something that was addressed in a video about how to network in under 20 minutes was if you have 15 minutes of free time, take the subway and see who you can connect with. I am a bit weary about this tactic. Yes, public transportation can be a great way to find connections you never knew were there, however how do you know who to talk to? Do I just turn to every person in a smart looking outfit and say, “hey, is your job relevant to my occupational aspirations?” In my experience, people don’t really want to be spoken to on the subway. They just want to be able to get to where they are going without a stranger infiltrating their few moments of free time. There is definitely a lot of planning that has to go into this one to make sure you get it right and don’t waste neither your nor their time.