Building a network is a vital part of today’s strategic career development. Each planned contact can lead to others if you ask the right questions and explore the possibilities. Networking is a two-way street, sometimes with you, the information seeker, being able to provide information to the same person from whom you are seeking it, and at other times being a source of information to other people. In order to get information from others, we must be a good source of information. All it takes is being willing to share information, ideas and resources. It’s the INTER-ACTIVE, front-end of relationship building.
On Thursday, August 20th, we will be taking a long look at developing an effective PLAN… Your Personal Marketing Plan. Our focus is on effective time management to create focus and efficiency in job search efforts.
To put it another way, “What goes around, comes around.” A network is not something you establish overnight. It requires work and time, but the rewards are incalculable.
If employed, be aware of confidentiality issues and scale down your efforts accordingly (There is an excellent article inside of LinkedIn: Conducting a STEALTH Job Search). If you are unemployed and in active job search mode, and do not have a good network already in place, there are several ways you can begin to build one.
- Start with people you know from previous employment. However, most jobs are not found at the first level of networking. In fact, very few jobs are found simply by calling the people you know.
- Constantly build the layers of your network. Even at the second level, the number of job openings you will find is still modest. Networking does not usually start to pay off until about the third level, and sometimes even beyond that.
- Attend professional association meetings and network. Most of us probably work in a line of work that has a national professional association to which we could belong, and most of these associations have local chapters.Get the Most From Networking…
Remember TIME MANAGEMENT…
Allow for regular time in LinkedIn in order to direct and focus your networking activity.
Make networking calls in a block of time. Each call is more comfortable than the one before. Do not call people and ask them if they have any openings at their company… This is almost always totally non-productive.
Be sure to ask the person if they have a minute to talk to you, and when finished talking thank them for their time.
Who Should Attend this value-packed Workshop?
- Anyone who wants to create a strategic plan for the rest of their working life… job changes will occur!
- Job seekers who find themselves in a rut…rapidly crashing into the black hole of depression
- Any job seeker looking to create focus within their search efforts
- Any professional to give substance to their next steps
- Newcomers to DFWCareerpilot… including tire-kickers
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