Applying for loads of jobs and hoping your CV sticks to a company is a method of getting a job but it’s not a good one. A recent poll on LinkedIn showed that over 50% of people employed in Tech jobs got the job through Networking. What is Networking? I thought it was how computers speak with each other…… Well it is, but in relation to getting a job, Networking is the ability to use the people you know to find a company that is searching for an employee that matches your skills. After watching Neal Bridges speak about ‘Hacking LinkedIn’ on his Twitch stream, Cyber Insecurity. I followed his advice and began to build my network on LinkedIn. He challenged ‘Get 1000 connections on LinkedIn.’ This was to be completed within 6 months. I started to build out those connections, adding people who had Cyber Security roles or worked at Cyber Security companies. It is achievable and I’m currently sitting with over 1800 connections.
These connections should be quality connections where possible. What do I mean by that? People that you have interacted with. The only way to get people to know you is to have interactions with them. Comment on their posts, ask them for comments on yours, talk to them directly. Help them with something and they will remember that. Ask them to speak with Hiring Managers at the company they work for if you know there is a suitable position. This takes work, people will not likely risk their reputation on someone they know nothing about. Put in that work and you’ll reap the rewards of the hard work later.