Plug into virtual networking
It's more important than ever to be adaptable to new ways of working — including how we network to get hired.
Thanks to technology, we can still make connections without having to meet people in physical spaces. Try these tips to succeed at virtual networking from SAIT's experts in Career Advancement Services.
Clean up your digital presence
Employers are increasingly using automated systems to determine a candidate’s fit with their company culture — and it’s not just about your resumé anymore. Take some time to clean up your digital presence:
- Check your social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) to ensure there’s nothing holding you back from making a positive impression.
- Do a Google search on yourself to see what comes up.
- Delete old profiles and websites that you no longer use.
- Make it a rule — if you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see it, don’t post it!
Make social media work for you
Social media is more than just fun and games, it can also be a great way to connect with companies and brands you’re interested in. Grow your professional network using social media:
- Follow companies in your industry — like/share/comment on interesting posts to boost your own online presence.
- Connect with other followers who make similar comments and observations.
- Use social media platforms that align to your career goals — many writers have been discovered on Twitter, just as many visual artists have been discovered on Instagram and YouTube.
- Stay current, stay active — but be mindful of what you post and how often so your connections don’t start to tune out.
Sharpen your writing skills
Most online communication involves written text such as emails, chat messages, and online learning assignments and discussions. Here are some tips to get you writing like a pro:
- Think before you write — keep messages professional, meaningful and concise.
- Break up lengthy text into small chunks for easy reading.
- Spell out unfamiliar acronyms and avoid technical jargon.
- Always proofread before you hit send.
Grow your skills, not just your network
Make the most of this time by tapping into the wealth of online resources available. Why not brush up on your written communication skills or extend your knowledge of a familiar software program? Here are a few ways to get started:
- Take advantage of free access to webinars and course materials currently being offered by a variety of institutions.
- Join online groups and connect with people who possess similar career goals and interests.
- Access LinkedIn Learning to view thousands of online courses and tutorials led by industry experts. Current SAIT students can activate an account for free.
- Add value to your existing network by sharing what you’ve learned with connections who might find that knowledge helpful.
Make it easy — and fun
This new normal is brand new for a lot of us, so take your time and seek out resources that can help. Get primed for virtual networking success:
- Set achievable goals. For example, “I will reach out to five people on LinkedIn this week.”
- Remember that networking, whether it’s in person or online, is simply about getting to know other people and letting them get to know you.
- If you’re nervous about video conferencing, download a popular program like Microsoft Teams or Zoom and practice with someone you know — it’s a great way to stay in touch with friends and family!
Career Advancement Services can help
Support from Career Advancement Services is still available online through My Career Hub. Register today to access our job board, download resources and book appointments to meet with a Career Advisor virtually for resumé reviews, practice interviews, LinkedIn help and more. Access is free for all SAIT students and alumni.
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