Businessman Shaking Hands with BusinesswomanWe are relying way too much on the technologies we have grown up with for more interpersonal activities that are much better suited for job search today.

It’s really not our fault. That’s the world we have grown up in. Boomers, for example, grew up in the world of meeting people in person face-to-face, and through phone conversations to build relationships and trust. They have had to get much more tech and social media savvy to stay on top of their game.

Face-To-Face Networking Is Beneficial For Job Search

According to NACE, The National Association of Colleges and Employers, 70-80 percent of jobs are not posted on job sites and can only be accessed through networking. People know people and it’s that word of mouth that is finding people jobs and career opportunities now.

men-talkingAs modern professional, you can and should take advantage of this more. Virtual connecting should be a bridge to taking relationships offline, not take the place of them. Experts suggest less text and tech talking and more face-to-face. Here are some benefits you can reap by face-to-face networking:

Develop Your Interpersonal Skill Sets

This is also referred to as people skills or communication skills. They include listening, having an interactive conversation, learning how to relate personally. You just can’t get better at that with a smartphone.

Practice And Learn The Art Of Chit Chat

Engage in small talk about things you enjoy and like that can have commonality with others. Your ability to chit chat allows someone to gain greater insight into you.

stock-footage-business-executives-meeting-outdoors-young-business-people-happy-with-results-using-wirelessRealize The Power Of Eye Contact, Humor, And Authenticity

…in personal versus virtual connecting. There is nothing like real-time live energy of being with people. It is the only way to get a true sense of someone’s vibe, spirit, and personality.

Know The Power Of A First Impression

Face-to-face contact gives you the ability to make a more lasting and memorable impression because of the way someone makes you feel, and how you make them feel.

handshakeIt doesn’t necessarily means that you need to throw your smartphone in the trash. It means that you need to install CityHour app and use it to arrange real meetings with real people. The wider your network is the higher the chance your connections will remember about you when new vacancies will appear. It’s not LinkedIn and Facebook profiles what comes up in memory first, but real people. Make preparedness for the technological world combined with better interpersonal skills your own recipe for success!