However, what is networking? When we think of networking, we often think of huge events where lots of people exchange business cards and endure meaningless conversations to get what they want from each person they are talking with. In reality, networking is all about building authentic relationships, helping each other and developing quality relationships with people you have an affinity with. Relationships happen anywhere, even if the most unexpected places.
Networking is not only an important step in making the right career move, but to also make sure you help others advance professionally. Not only do you get to know people in your field, but you will get to know where relevant opportunities are and where to find advice. Here are some points to help you network authentically for your global career:
Build your personal brand
Networking is a great way to build your personal brand and reputation. Be sure about who are you and what you can offer. Do you know about your unique selling points? What are your unique strengths? What do you have to offer? What makes you unique and different? Once you are sure about your brand, just meet people like you who require assistance, as others can also benefit from the help and great value you offer. That way, a relationship is built because people have identified your unique combination, which helps you identify opportunities and build confidence.
Know your networking style
If you go to networking events with the wrong intentions, brag about your achievements or act dishonestly, people will immediately smell the fakery in you. They might never want to connect with you or worse talk bad about you behind your back. There is no need to create a persona when you meet new people. Just breathe and dare to be yourself. Being yourself, unique and different, will often attract interesting people towards you. Know your networking style and make sure to develop authentic strategies to meet likeminded people.
Network based on commonalities
People like to connect with other people who are like them. If you network based on commonalities, there is a great chance that your story will interest compatible people in the same room. If you decide to go to an event only because of how you can benefit, knowing you have nothing to do with the target audience, it will be more difficult to build strong relationships. For instance, as a woman, the first move towards starting a global career would be to network with international women’s groups, so you get the right guidance, the ability to share common stories and advance your career as an international woman.
Develop long term relationships
It is essential to build genuine relationships in the long term for the next steps of your career. You never know who your next boss is going to be or who can refer you to the next opportunity. If you are fake and unauthentic, people may distrust you and give you bad recommendations.
International professionals are in demand all over the globe and international job opportunities are available through global networks. It is important to build genuine relationships both face-to-face as well as online. The two of them go hand in hand. Most international highly skilled workers have networks on social media professional sites like LinkedIn, Google+ or Viadeo. A strong and authentic international online profile will help you to explore international career opportunities. Being active on LinkedIn groups and reaching out to the right people will help you advance your career faster. You also need to regularly update and respond to articles with comments and reviews so you gain credibility. These informal and brief comments will show the people in your network how well you understand your field.
Be a genuine networker
Authentic networking allows you to build strong connections and develop mutual trust. People will see what you have to offer or the outcomes you are looking for, whether it is just contacts, advice about new trends in your industry or international job market leads. The right kind of profile on networks can significantly help your global career. One of the most important things to consider when attempting to build genuine relationships is to focus on building a genuine relationship, rather than focusing on a selfish personal interest.
Network for your next job
If you read this article, there is a great chance, you will change your job in a couple of years.Most people will have to look for jobs multiple times in their career. “Job hopping is the ‘New normal“. According to Fast Company, the average worker stays for 4.4 years in the same company. So, you’d better be equipped with the right resources, deal with the instability of finding a new job and deal with constant change, so you can get a job anywhere in the world.
Work with an international career coach
An international career coach or a job search strategist will help you develop authentic networking skills by reaching the right contacts and developing your personal brand. Career coaches and job search strategists have the training to help you develop strong job search strategies on the short and long term. The right kind of international career coaching will equip you to handle a job globally and will provide you with knowledge about the work culture and customs of the country in which you work. Since each country has a different employment policy, as an expatriate or a foreigner who wishes to work internationally, you will require the help of a career coach to understand the job application procedure, allowing you to land your dream job abroad. If you are already working outside your country, you require good networking skills to give you the confidence to work in a foreign country.
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About U Diverse’s founder:
Magali Toussaint is the founder of ‘U-Diverse’. She is a certified Talent Acquisition Strategist, an ICF-certified Leadership Consultant, a Career Coach, a Cross-Cultural Trainer, and a Job Search Strategist with an extensive career in Recruitment, HR, Diversity, as well as Education. She has lived and worked in over four countries and speaks French, English, and Dutch fluently. Read More...