Your guide to networking

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Networking should be both fun and rewarding. That’s why we’ve compiled some information and tips for you:

  1. Why you should network
  2. Send contact requests
  3. Grow your network
  4. More tips
  5. Even more tips for Premium members
  6. Questions?
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1. Why you should network

Networking is all about inspiring and motivating one another, and choosing the paths you want your professional life to take.

What you get from a good network:

  • Opportunities to grow and venture into uncharted territory. It’s no coincidence that every third job comes about via contacts.
  • Insights into interesting companies when people you know change jobs. You can ask them what it’s like to work at their company if it’s one you’ve not heard of before.
  • Lost touch with people you went to school, studied or worked with? A good network helps you stay in touch and up to date with your contacts.
  • Interested in an address book with all your professional contacts that updates itself and can’t be lost? Look no further than XING.
  • Inspiration and information about the latest trends in your industry, handpicked by your contacts.
  • Share key industry information with your network and position yourself as an expert.
  • Questions? Just ask your contacts and other XING members to tap into their knowledge and expertise.
  • Want to check out a company before applying or attending an interview? Ask around – your contacts may be able to help. You can also get in touch with people who work at the company for direct insights.

Here are two examples of how networking can help you:

  • You’re unhappy in your current job. Your XING feed shows you that a colleague of yours is now a former colleague. As it happens, you’ve been interested in where she works for some time now, and the company has good reviews on kununu. Now’s your chance to ask your former colleague what it’s like to work there and find out whether there’s an opening for you.
  • Someone you studied with contacts you via XING to ask if you know someone with bitcoin experience. As you recently watched a good video about bitcoin, you send them a link to the video. After discussing things for a while, you end up being invited to a conference on cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

These are just two possible opportunities you can experience thanks to networking.

Grow your network. Here are a few ideas to help you with that.

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2. Send contact requests

Adding contacts is simple. Send a contact request, with or without a personal note.

Give it a go! With 19 million XING members looking to build their own networks, what have you got to lose?

Of course you should have one or more reasons for getting in touch with someone. However you stand to benefit by connecting with someone, it’s also worth thinking about how you can help them so everyone wins.

Ready to grow your network? Here are a few ideas to help you with that.

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3. Grow your network

You might not have much of an online network yet, but that doesn’t mean you don’t already have a large network. Start building your online network by adding people you already know, such as:

  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Acquaintances
  • Current and former colleagues
  • People you went to school or university with
  • Recruiters
  • Business contacts
  • Clients

When using XING in your browser, you’ll find the member search at the top of the page. From there you can enter names and keywords to find other XING members.

Note: By default, your network can see when you add contacts. To turn that off, simply change it in your settings. You may want to do this, e.g. when adding contacts at prospective new employers or when connecting with recruiters.

Other ways to add interesting new contacts:

  • Via groups Connect with members interested in the same things as you.
  • Via existing contacts Browse your contacts’ contacts for any mutual acquaintances or simply to see who they’re connected with. If you come across someone you think would be a good match for your network, ask your contact to introduce you to them.
  • Via events – Connect with other attendees and talk about the event.
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4. More tips

  • Not sure whether to add someone to your network? Take a look at their profile and see if you have anything in common, be it interests or an event you both attended.
  • Save yourself the hassle of searching for new contacts by allowing the app to sync your address book. We’ll then show you which of your contacts are on XING so you can add them to your network.
  • Like receiving contact requests?  Put yourself in the best-possible position by completing your profile and keeping it up to date. A profile photo is highly recommended as this is the easiest way for people to recognise you.

Grow your network. Here are a few ideas to help you with that.

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5. Even more tips for Premium members

Premium membership unlocks even more features:

  • You can send a message with your contact requests. This adds a more personal touch and gives you the opportunity to tell someone why you should connect.
  • You can send 5 messages to non-contacts each month, helping you stay in touch with a broader scope of people.
  • You can see all your pending contact requests and accept or decline them in any order.
  • You can see all your profile visitors and browse their profile, too.
  • You can use the advanced member search for more specific and more efficient searches.
  • You receive contact suggestions based on shared contacts, current and former colleagues, and profile commonalities.
  • You can keep your growing network organised by sorting contacts by keywords.
  • You can attend the ‘efficient networking on XING’ webinar (in German) for more ideas and inspiration.

Grow your network. Here are a few ideas to help you with that.

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6. Questions?

If there’s anything not covered here that you’d like to know, just contact us.

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