Network, network, network

September 16, 2010 on 6:24 pm | In career coaching | No Comments

Most everyone knows (or should know) that networking is THE key to getting a job.  Here is a review of the basics: 

Try networking everyday.  Make small talk with people on the elevator. 

Practice OUT LOUD the three critical pieces of your networking introduction:  your name; your bio; your goals. 

Go from low- to high-risk networking targets.  Start talking with people you know, then referrals, and then work your way up to cold calls. 

Be creative.  Contact industry associations, editors of relevant trade journals, and names you see in relevant articles or conferences. 

Remember to GIVE and take.  Think about interesting and useful information to give back to your networking contacts.  Recommend articles you’ve read.  Refer people. 

Continue networking even when you do find a job.  The best time to network is when you don’t need anything.  If you continually make contacts and build relationships, you’ll develop extraordinary people skills, make new friends, and be well-positioned in any market.

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