It’s not what you know it’s who you know

10/07/19

It’s not what you know it’s who you know

It’s a saying that we have heard countless times before- but how much truth is in it? First things first, the phrase definitely needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Of course, competence is the most important determinant of professional success. 

 

However, with the average job receiving hundreds of applications sometimes knowing the right person can help get your resume past the first round of elimination & into the interview chair.Networking is an invaluable tool when you’re in the market for a new job. Especially for young professionals who are new to the game & may not have any contacts yet. Easier said than done right? Don’t worry, with our Readygrad top tips you will be networking like a boss in no time.

Get out there

It makes sense to start with your existing contacts. Don't know enough people? Then get out there and put yourself where people of influence in your industry meet. Join groups on LinkedIn & find out about events happening locally on sites like meetup. If you are at uni get involved in clubs & societies which will offer ample networking opportunities.

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A big part of networking is working out how to present yourself. We recommend preparing an Elevator Pitch - a brief but catchy and reflective summary of your professional self, designed to be delivered in the time of an elevator ride (hence the name). In addition to this handy conversation starter, it helps to be clued up on current affairs & happenings within your current industry, to aid general chit chat.

Your deets

What if you meet someone worthwhile at an event and they want your contact details? A printed business card is one of the easiest and most effective ways to stand out from the crowd-it will make you look professional and well prepared. Download our Graduate & Student Business Card Template.

Follow up

High five you have taken part in your first networking event! Hopefully, all that prep has paid off & you have come away with a handful of names, email addresses and business cards. It's now time to harvest the fruits of your labour. Make time to go through and log people’s details, add them on LinkedIn and then choose who to follow up with and how you will do it.

Follow these suggestions and turn that well know phrase on its head.

“It’s not who you know it’s who knows you”. 

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