Having a network is a real asset in finding a job, especially if you are targeting very specific or highly valued sectors. But developing your network, especially if you are not lucky enough to have an uncle in the middle or a distant friend of our parents who can give us a boost, is not easy ... In the fourth episode of "Profile of employment", the first podcast of LinkedIn in France, produced by Europe 1 Studio, Claire Dorland-Clauzel, former director of the Michelin guide, helps you to overcome this obstacle and gives you three tips to develop your network .
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Knock on the doors. The first advice to create a network is not to be afraid of going to meet recognized professionals. Going ahead means making the process of sending them an email or phoning them to request an appointment. The idea here is not to ask them for contacts or to give your CV directly. It would also be unwelcome. The right approach is first to go and ask them for their expertise and therefore to ask them for advice. For a first contact, you can offer them a coffee, a phone call or even a Skype of a few minutes depending on their availability.
Look for a mentor. The mentor is the person who can advise you, guide you, open up new perspectives, help you expand your address book to better find the job in which you can flourish. To find your mentor, the first step is to identify the person (s) in whom you trust and who could guide you in your professional journey. It could be a man or a woman who gave a conference during your studies, a professor, a personality that you noticed on a platform like LinkedIn for example and that you find inspiring. There are also associations and programs that can help young workers, women find mentors. This is the case, for example of the Women initiative foundation which helps women entrepreneurs or the Ewa Boost program of Essec. Once you have identified your mentor, do not hesitate to contact them again and ask them for some advice. Mentoring goes through this and it is a commitment built to last for several years.
Don't talk too much about yourself on social media. Talking about yourself on social networks is good ... but weighing your words is even better! So rather than telling you what you ate for breakfast or taking offense at this or that political outing, think about the messages you want to get across the networks. The best is to find a favorite subject and not to hesitate to highlight your professional skills.