The ICT Association, ICTAM, has been involved in talent discovery within the technology sector for decades, and we have come to learn an interesting incongruity. It is often old-fashioned handshakes and networking that are most effective in helping candidates secure technology-based jobs. This is especially true for young people finding their first job.
In a world of ever-increasing technology, it is a handshake that can often help you land your next great job, or your first ever job. We mostly think of shaking the hand of someone that you have met in-person at a networking event or through colleagues, but networking is increasingly going digital.
For example, Dave Wilkin is creating a global network that enables anyone to have access to the conversations and experiences they need to move their careers forward. He created a company called Ten Thousand Coffees as an online platform for networking. According to Mr. Wilkin, enabling people to have conversations with people they otherwise would not have access to is the way many job opportunities are going to be realized in the future.
Effective networking is an invaluable skill, even if you are not currently looking to make a job change. The Brookfield Institutes for Innovation and Entrepreneurship states in a 2017 report that 41.9% of all current jobs are “highly susceptible” to automation in Canada. That means that your job is likely to change, or be eliminated altogether, whether that was your choice or not. Your network is your safety net…how well have you developed it?
Here are a few tips to help you become a highly effective networker. . .
Both the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and ICTAM have countless opportunities to hone your networking skills and to possibly meet your next invaluable employer.
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