ou may be good at your job, but how effective are you at networking? To really move on up or to get the job you want, you need to hustle. In fact, John Bennett, a rep of the McColl School of Business (Queens University of Charlotte) says, “Between 60 to 80 per cent of jobs are found through personal relationships.” (Yes, even that Facebook friend can be useful!) So on top of just scrolling through your friends’ feeds, it’s vital to cast a wide net, and network.
Networking face-to-face is great when you’re having a few drinks after five, but it takes time and effort. To really grow your career, networking platforms like LinkedIn work well – it’s a special breed of social media that’s an extension of real-world networking, where you can build professional contacts, attract clients, sell your company and gain endorsement for your skills. Although LinkedIn may be the most well-known networking site, there are even more alternatives to help you build specific connections based on your location or niche. We’ve found five more online network platforms for you to expand your digital footprint. wowintro is an online video impression platform where you can market yourself in a 30-second video. It essentially acts as an online profile before a face-to-face meeting, and allows users to showcase qualities that would not normally be visible on paper. Owned by local start-up Positunity Sdn Bhd, wowintro aims to complement HR processes, so “employers do not have to spend countless hours screening CVs anymore,” says founder Alex Phang.
Lunch Kaki: Building Relationships At Lunch
Introduced in Malaysia last year, the idea behind the app is to help ordinary folks get out there and meet like-minded people during lunch.
“Of course, Lunch Kaki is not just for lunch only; it is a platform to find the kaki you need. We believe strangers are friends whom you have not met yet – strangers for the first time, pals for a lifetime,” says co-founder Melvin Tan.
You can choose who you want to meet and befriend. No more awkward meetings with unsuitable mates. Yes! The Reach app by Big Rock Labs is a mobile app designed with location-based technology to search for professionals in the users’ fields of interest and vicinity. The system mimics real life where you can exchange business cards with others. Users sign in using LinkedIn accounts or register with their email addresses. If you see someone you are interested to connect with, you can ‘Reach Out’ by sending a request. You will find your connections in ‘Contacts’ where you can then call or message each other. TribeHired is Malaysia’s IT recruitment talent marketplace where companies compete to hire top talent. The TribeHired team curates a list of the top 100 technical talents available in a city for that week and employers can browse through the list, check out their reviews, and watch an intro video of each person. Once they find someone they are keen on, they place a bid using TribeHired’s auction system and schedule interviews.
“In a nutshell, TribeHired flips the recruitment model. Instead of applying for jobs, we get companies to compete for you,” says founder Devan Singaram. More power to the people!
Caliber: A Messaging App For Working Professionals
Caliber is a professional networking app created for working professionals to meet new people. The app connects with your LinkedIn profile, imports your contacts, asks for your interests and suggests relevant professionals to connect with.
You can find collaborators, meet new people who share the same interests or learn something new. “We’re complementary to LinkedIn, and we give back to their platform,” explains CEO Andres Blank. He says that Caliber will be adding the ability to connect other platforms such as Twitter in the near future.