Networking helps match professionals with the right firms
April 25, 2013
Hiring managers at firms are looking for professionals to manage their construction software, but it's often difficult to find workers qualified enough for the position. According to new research from Robert Half Technology, IT professionals need to improve their networking to find careers that they desire. Sixty-three percent of IT workers said that the quality of their professional network is "very important" to their ability to find a top position.
"Knowing someone professionally and being willing to go to bat for that person are two different things," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "You may have hundreds of LinkedIn connections, but if the relationships are superficial, your contacts may not be very helpful when you're seeking professional advice or assistance with a job search."
Networking could help decision makers find their next star
Times have changed for businesses when it comes to seeking new job candidates. The internet is just as useful of a tool as networking events. In fact, today's young talent prefer to interact with businesses over the web, instead of in person. Forty-four percent of IT professionals said they would network online and 22 percent favor events where they can meet with representatives from firms. Construction decision makers are often looking to precise skill sets when evaluating talent, and face-to-face meetings are a great way to build relationships with potential future employees.
"Quality connections take time to establish, but they are a valuable career safety net, whether someone is just starting out or has many years of experience," said Reed.
Learn how to bring in the top talent
Networking is just one way construction decision makers can lure the best possible employees to their firm. There are plenty of other strategies businesses can use to attract skilled professionals. Recruiter.com recently composed a list of ways to go about talent acquisition:
- Career sites: For years, corporate career sites have not elicited success for firms, but in recent years they have bounced back, thanks to the advent of social media and search engine optimization (SEO).
- Job boards: Indeed and SimplyHired are just a few of the most popular places to post jobs, and they often bring in several resumes to look over.
- Word of mouth: While online strategies can be effective, the best way to fill jobs is to begin talking with other professionals and they can recommend others for the positions.