<P>20 PHOENIX FOCUS | Fall 2014 What to do—and not to do—when connecting professionally. 10 ways to grow your professional network Whether youre looking for your first job or hoping to move on to your next one, your professional network is the secret weapon to get your resume the attention it deserves. By Cynthia Ramnarace Thats because in this day and age, when computers are the first eyes on a job application, a personal connection gives you an advantage. When you apply online for a job now, your resume may not rise to the top because youre using the wrong keywords, says Dave Delaney, author of New Business Networking. Its so important to grow your network now before you actually need it so that when you do need a network, its there for you. A survey by recruiting firm Jobvite shows that four in 10 job seekers found their favorite positions through personal connections. Recruiters, too, say personal referrals result in the highest-quality hires. Networking is one of the most important things you can do to have job security in the future, says Porter Gale, author of Your Network is Your Net Worth. You have to keep connecting. Networking puts you in control. Tips for building your professional network 1 Give before you take. Whether at a mixer, an industry conference or through social media, your primary thought shouldnt be, Who can get me my next job or promotion? Instead, think: How can I help you? If youre going out of your way to help others, then when you ask for a favor later down the road, people are much more likely to help out, says Delaney. 2 Interact with people on social media. Your number of Facebook friends, Twitter followers or LinkedIn contacts means little if youre not commenting, retweeting or congratulating them regularly. Its really important to have strong relationships with people, says Delaney. And in order to do that, you need to be listening—both in person and online—and interact with people frequently. 3 Be picky. The big-name colleague with a million Twitter followers is less likely to be a good professional connection than the person with a small but cultivated following. 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