We’ve previously pointed out the importance of networking, but it’s critical to reiterate it here.
“It’s so important for getting noticed,” adds Brady.
And networking doesn’t just mean connecting with people on LinkedIn and joining a few groups. It means drawing meaningful lines between people. Connect with people on social media after you’ve met them at a networking event (which you should be attending). Join LinkedIn groups and post what you’re working on — or would like to be working on — so others can comment and point you in the direction of someone who can help you along. Drop a note every once in a while to say hello and check in. This is how it goes and you shouldn’t be afraid to do it. I get pitched all the time here at MN Business. If I’m not interested in one story, I encourage people to keep pitching good ideas until there’s something I like. That persistence is critical to the job search as well.