So you guys, I just got featured on LinkedIn News’ Get Hired Newsfeed! This will mark my 40th time being featured as part of a LinkedIn News post. Here’s to more in 2024!

Please check out this fantastic article by LinkedIn as part of their weekly News editorials from the team at Get Hired by LinkedIn News Middle East with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

Most career experts will tell you that networking is an important part of the job search process. It allows job seekers to meet experts in their industries and can open doors for new opportunities. But what if you hate it? Well, you wouldnโ€™t be alone. Networking for many professionals, particularly those who consider themselves introverts, can make them feel uncomfortable and fake. The good news is that there are ways to overcome that. Letโ€™s dive in.

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Remember โ€“ you have something to offer

It is important to know your value as a professional and a job candidate. There is always something of value that each person can offer, whether in terms of knowledge or recognition, says Harvard Business Review. โ€œKnowing your value is key to cutting through the fluff and ensuring your content leaves a positive and memorable mark on these hiring managers and recruiters,โ€ says Matt Warzel, a career coach.

More advice…

Network and reach out to like-minded people or decision-makers and build a connection. Then schedule a time to continuously stay on top of this relationship cultivation. Join forums and answer questions or pose questions to start a dialogue. Anything and everything to continuously push ahead into thought leadership status. Knowing your value is key to cutting through the fluff and ensuring your content leaves a positive and memorable mark on these hiring managers and recruiters. Your goal is to understand the role and industry inside and out so that eventually you can become the subject matter expert. Find some new career job openings and the possible credentials you may need to better position yourself in this new role and find online institutions where you can acquire these credentials, and list them on your resume. Also, find membership groups and industry networking opportunities…this is a wonderful place to gather knowledge from industry pros who can help explain the nuances of your new role. Be realistic in what you can achieve. While taking chances and risks are a good thing, do not over-stretch yourself into a role you simply are not a fit for (yet). What industry do you want to live in, and in what role? Be specific in what you want, clarify it, write it down, consume knowledge of it, live it. Recruiters cannot help you if you nor they know what you want to do. Most people have skills and experience that can transfer nicely to another industry or job. The key is knowing how those skills reasonably transfer, and what sort of value they bring to the prospective employer. The challenge is that most are unsure of how their skills are exchangeable to other duties. If you’re an accomplished professional, it’s best to use actual methodologies, processes, skills, or technologies relating directly to the open job description and your experience.

READ THE ARTICLE: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-network-when-you-hate-networking/

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