In-Transition Networking Overview

As part of the organization's commitment to helping members who are looking to transition into a new job, we ask for members to network with In-transition Members who are actively seeking work to boost their job search activities and to ultimately grow their network.


Business Members Looking to Network with In-Transition Members

What is the purpose of networking with members in transition?

Networking is nothing more than getting to know people and developing new relationships.  Volunteering to network with PSPS members who are in transition will allow you help these members grow their network to assist in their job search.  The In-transition Member understands the intent of the networking meeting is not to discuss job opportunities at your company. 

 

How Should I prepare?

Get to know the on LinkedIn to understand their background and experience.  You may also want to ask the person ahead of the meeting for a list of target companies to help you think about your relevant connections.  It would also be helpful to identify what the two of you have in common to help kick start the initial conversation.  

 

You may also want to think about questions you would like to ask such as what their expertise is, what they want to do next, geography, etc. 

 

I don’t know any companies that are hiring, so I’m not sure I would be able to help.

Networking isn’t about connecting people to job openings.  It is about connecting them with people in your network who may be able to help them in any number of ways.  That could be connecting them with someone who works at one of their target companies, or someone who is also looking for a similar job.  As we all know, many great job openings never get posted.  So, we can hope our fellow members can help uncover those “hidden opportunities.”  

 

 

 

Transitioning Members

What is the purpose of networking with other PSPS Members?

Networking is nothing more than getting to know people and developing new relationships.  The intent of the networking meeting is not to discuss job opportunities at the member’s company.  It is about building a relationship with the other member and letting them know about your background and what you are looking to do next.  Hopefully the member will be able to connect you with people in their network who can help you achieve your next career goal.  Successful networking is a give and take.  During the meeting, you should also be thinking of ways you can help the other member expand their network.   

 

How should I prepare?

Get to know the individual on LinkedIn to understand their background and experience.  It would also be helpful to identify what the two of you have in common to help kick start the initial conversation.  It is also very important that you are prepared to let the other member know how they can help you.  Be able to clearly articulate what your strengths are, what you are passionate about and what would be your ideal next role.  You should also have a list of at least ten companies that you are targeting to see if they can help you network into those companies. This is all part of building a strong brand that will keep you top of mind when people hear of openings.  Remember, people want to help.  So, help them help you!

 

What are the expected outcomes?

Networking isn’t about asking people to connect you to jobs.  PSPS members may be able to connect you to people in their network who can help you in any number of ways.  That could be connecting you with someone who works at one of your target companies, someone else who does a lot of networking or someone who is also looking for a similar job.  The goal is to get your message and personal brand out to as many people as possible and build lasting, mutually beneficial relationships along the way.