The Power of Networking in Your Job Search
As a former student or professional athlete, you know how important it is to have a support network around you as you pursue your athletic career. Your coaches, trainers, and teammates were your valued network that you relied on everyday. The same importance holds true with your professional network as a former athlete seeking a professional career. In fact, over 80% of job seekers say that networking has helped in their job search.
Your career network should include anyone who can assist you with your job search or career move including co-workers, bosses, friends with similar interests, colleagues from business organizations, alumni from your university, family members, and even acquaintances you have met through online networking services. Build up your network of connections slowly as you meet important, well-connected, and influential people. Even if someone cannot help you in your career now, you never know what the future may hold.
Networking contacts can help with more than just job leads. Networking is the perfect way to meet the professionals in your field who can offer you a new perspective on your industry, provide referrals to companies you might be interested in working for, offer insider insight into a particular career path, and even help you build professional skills.
Networking also includes attending professional conferences/events and making an effort to meet and exchange contact information with others at the events. These industry contacts can help you find employers, decide which employers are best for you, and get you on the right track as you seek a career.
At Athlete Connections, we help former athletes seeking professional jobs to leverage their network of connections to the fullest. By continually adding new companies to Athletic Connections’ network of employers, the list of potential jobs for athletes and connections that athletes have at their fingertips is endless! In addition, we host regular networking events that put former athletes seeking careers in touch with employers looking to hire former athletes. Upload your resume today to get started!