In this uncertain time, many of us are now spending a lot of time online. With many forms of social media around, it’s important to remember to remain professional online. Many employers will do a google search for you, here are some things to remember:
With many of us now working from home and juggling a more blended work-life balance, there is a greater focus on managing wellbeing and an awareness of the added pressure that the “new normal” can cause. Do bear this in mind when reaching out, and rather than the typical “I hope you’re well”, try switching it up with a slightly more personalised greeting that acknowledges the situation we’re currently in.
Networking is a long-term strategy to help build professional relationships, which like any relationships, need to work for both parties. When approaching contacts, think about ways that you might be able to support people in your network, be it through your skills and experience or maybe sharing useful insights. By offering some value to your relationship, you allow the chance for a genuine rapport to develop.
Patience is key as we move into a world in which unprecedented online delivery, processes and strategies have been rapidly re-thought creating a huge amount of work in a relatively short amount of time. When you approach someone on LinkedIn, they may be managing an increased workload so allow for a delay in response before chasing up.
If you’d like to find out how you can use your online profile within your job search you can find a variety of informational pieces on the Careers Service homepage.