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Networking in the ‘new normal’: How recent grads can uncover new opportunities

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Jorielle Nunag
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Networking in the ‘new normal’: How recent grads can uncover new opportunities

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Jorielle Nunag

Navigating the job market has never been more challenging for those just setting out in their careers. Organizations have undergone hiring freezes and new grads have faced an increase in competition paired with a decrease of open roles. That said, if you’re starting your career you shouldn’t fret because, despite this challenging reality, ambition and resilience are qualities that rarely go unnoticed. 

Companies won’t overlook great talent and it’s important to stay resilient and continue to grow your network. While unprecedented times have caused some organizations to hold on hiring, it won’t be that way forever and many are continuing to look to cultivate a diverse workforce by providing unique opportunities for individuals in different forms. For example, here at FleishmanHillard HighRoad, we recently launched our fellowship program, aimed at giving individuals the opportunity to combine their communication talents with their passion for diversity and inclusion.

Networking is key in staying top of mind with potential employers. If you’re facing a setback that you feel is insurmountable, remember that it is possible to overcome it, provided you keep a few things in mind:

  • Be advantageous: While the pandemic has pushed pause on the ability to meet physically, you can still very much use this to your advantage. Networking in the new normal is unique in that you can now do it just about anywhere at just about any time.
  • Be diligent: Do your research and find out what organizations are hosting virtual events or discussions. Moving online means that location is no longer a barrier. Recently, events such as TechTO and Collision provided for opportunity to virtually mingle post-presentations. 
  • Be bold: Start the conversation. The rules haven’t changed just because your method of meeting has. Reach out to professionals on LinkedIn and ask them out for a ‘virtual coffee’.
  • Be casual: Unlike before, don’t worry too much about the formality of extreme email etiquette. Zoom, WebEx, or Google Hang your way into a new relationship.
  • Be patient: Good things come to those who wait. An extremely resilient and versatile person with the ability and willingness to adapt will go a long way in finding future opportunities.
  • Be resilient: You’re not going to hit it off with absolutely everyone, but it’s good to remember that you take each experience with you. Moving forward means you’re learning.
  • Be you: Remember that you’re unique and both your personality and talent bring something different to the table – the pandemic hasn’t changed that.

Take the time to network – even through the pandemic. The relationships you build will help you set a good foundation, there will be no shortage of information learned and the pathways you open for yourself will be invaluable.

Navigating the job market has never been more challenging for those just setting out in their careers. Organizations have undergone hiring freezes and new grads have faced an increase in competition paired with a decrease of open roles. That said, if you’re starting your career you shouldn’t fret because, despite this challenging reality, ambition and resilience are qualities that rarely go unnoticed. 

Companies won’t overlook great talent and it’s important to stay resilient and continue to grow your network. While unprecedented times have caused some organizations to hold on hiring, it won’t be that way forever and many are continuing to look to cultivate a diverse workforce by providing unique opportunities for individuals in different forms. For example, here at FleishmanHillard HighRoad, we recently launched our fellowship program, aimed at giving individuals the opportunity to combine their communication talents with their passion for diversity and inclusion.

Networking is key in staying top of mind with potential employers. If you’re facing a setback that you feel is insurmountable, remember that it is possible to overcome it, provided you keep a few things in mind:

  • Be advantageous: While the pandemic has pushed pause on the ability to meet physically, you can still very much use this to your advantage. Networking in the new normal is unique in that you can now do it just about anywhere at just about any time.
  • Be diligent: Do your research and find out what organizations are hosting virtual events or discussions. Moving online means that location is no longer a barrier. Recently, events such as TechTO and Collision provided for opportunity to virtually mingle post-presentations. 
  • Be bold: Start the conversation. The rules haven’t changed just because your method of meeting has. Reach out to professionals on LinkedIn and ask them out for a ‘virtual coffee’.
  • Be casual: Unlike before, don’t worry too much about the formality of extreme email etiquette. Zoom, WebEx, or Google Hang your way into a new relationship.
  • Be patient: Good things come to those who wait. An extremely resilient and versatile person with the ability and willingness to adapt will go a long way in finding future opportunities.
  • Be resilient: You’re not going to hit it off with absolutely everyone, but it’s good to remember that you take each experience with you. Moving forward means you’re learning.
  • Be you: Remember that you’re unique and both your personality and talent bring something different to the table – the pandemic hasn’t changed that.

Take the time to network – even through the pandemic. The relationships you build will help you set a good foundation, there will be no shortage of information learned and the pathways you open for yourself will be invaluable.

Jorielle Nunag
Associate Consultant
An integral member of FHR’s Reputation and Technology practice, Jorielle’s strength is strategic media relations, having established meaningful relationships with various business and technology reporters throughout North America. Jorielle supports clients with issues management and creates impactful external communications programs that enhance brand reputation.