Care can be a very demanding sector to work in, so if it’s success you’re after, prepare to go the extra mile as qualifications and experience can only take you so far.
One of the keys to success is networking as building a strong network of trusted contacts will give you the support you’ll need to deal complex work situations.
Progressing in a career in care can be a bumpy ride and one good idea is to seek support from professional relationships – the people that “get it”.
Carers shouldn’t have a siloed approach to their job, especially when trying to move up the career ladder, and a solid support system will get you over any hurdle.
It’s not just what’s in it for you. one of the most rewarding aspects of networking is sharing your own tips and advice as well as industry news because, as the saying goes, sharing is caring!
If you’re a care professional who wants to get ahead, follow these three simple networking tips:
1. Pitch yourself like a pro
Pitching isn’t just for marketers and financial types, it’s for everyone. So your “elevator pitch” – a brief and memorable introduction - needs to be refined and delivered in under 60 seconds.
Learning how to talk about yourself in various scenarios like job interviews, or when you meet someone new, is vital to networking. Practice makes perfect and the best way to get good at this is by talking about yourself…to yourself!
Start by listing your professional skills and goals for the future. Practice your speech until it feels natural. That way you’ll give yourself the best possible chance of making a positive impression when it really counts.
2. Be smart with social media
Care professionals usually overlook the benefits of social media but sites like Facebook and LinkedIn can provide useful insights into who you are and where you’re headed. Professional profile photos on your social media pages, and a LinkedIn account with a comprehensive, up-to- date profile, are a must.
In fact, LinkedIn is great for widening your personal network. Join groups relevant to your industry, contribute to discussions, ask questions and put forward ideas. You will soon gain peer recognition as someone who is passionate about healthcare.
There’s no shame in asking for endorsements or recommendations from previous employers or clients. If you get this right, it might open doors you wouldn’t expect to be opened!
Our care recruiters have outlined their number one networking tip in the clip below:-
Professional and approachable always works
Our recruiters in the care sector believe that networking is the best way to open up opportunities - even if you’re not the most experienced candidate. They also stress that if you’re attending an event you should always go in with an open mind. Be approachable and remember to ask if you’re uncertain about a specific topic or question.
Networking is a two-way street, so if you’re at a conference or get-together, don’t fall into the trap of trying to be someone you’re not. First impressions count so be the real you!
For more networking tips watch the full 5 min video
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