Are You an Introvert Who Needs to Be More Social?
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
Over at the Fast Track blog, we received the following question: My manager knows that I want to become a manager myself at some point, and is working on mentoring me in the skills I’ll need. One piece of feedback he’s given me is that I need to become more comfortable in semi-social situations (networking lunches or event dinners, and the like). I’m not a terribly social person by nature, so I tend to feel a bit shy and o...
5 Steps to Keep Your Network From Getting Stale
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2013
Building and maintaining a successful executive network should be a top priority whether you are involved in a current job search or not. Don’t store away contacts that you meet and reach out only when you are in the midst of job search. You need to create an action plan to cultivate those contact relationships. First and foremost, get organized. You know those bits of paper with information about a contact person that you...
Networking for the Nervous
by David Couper - Nov, 2013
If you don’t like going outside and meeting people then don’t! The Internet is a powerful way of spreading a form of “electronic word of mouth.” Blogs, newsletters and well-visited web sites can carry your marketing messages to large worldwide audiences. These messages can lead to job opportunities, freelance contracts and customers. You may know that a company is hiring and you simply want to know more about that company....
The top 5 things you should do on LinkedIn each week
by Hallie Crawford - Oct, 2013
So, you have created your profile and now you are done with the obligatory LinkedIn stuff. Hold on a minute! You might be okay with passively using LinkedIn if you’re not currently job searching, but in order to reap the benefits of a live network, you need to nurture it so it grows over time. Here are 5 things you should do on LinkedIn each week to stay engaged, grow your network, and connect with opportunities: 1. Up...
Turbo Charge Your Networking Results & Get Hired Faster With These 5 Tips
by Michelle Dumas - Oct, 2013
Networking can be the difference between a successful job search and one that remains stagnant. Networking can give you a leg up on your competitors and get you hired faster, even when jobs are scarce and competition is at all-time highs. So how do you turbo charge your networking results to get hired? Here are 5 strategies you can incorporate into your networking plan: 1. Good times, bad times: Although the first reaction...
Job Search Strategy: Tapping Your Network
by Jill Kurtz - Sep, 2013
Part of any job search should be tapping your network of contacts. Whether you are connected on LinkedIn, Facebook, or another social network, the people you are connected to are a valuable resource that can help you secure your next great opportunity. It takes a thoughtful approach to effectively tap your network. You have to help your network to help you by being targeted, specific, and considerate. Target Your O...
Guest post–Introvert leadership: how to master networking in 7 simple ways
by Dorothy Tannahill-Moran - Sep, 2013
A person once told me that she would rather clean the floor of Grand Central Station with her own toothbrush than network. Comments like this kind of sum up our overall attitude about networking. For many people, introvert or not, networking is like falling into the black hole. Scary, tiresome, unproductive, mysterious and endless – is this YOU? I may not be able to turn you into the poster child for networking. Howe...
Warm Networking, Not Cold-Calling
by Georgia Adamson - Sep, 2013
When you attend so-called networking events, you most likely don’t have a chance to gen-up on the other attendees ahead of time or give them an opportunity to do the same about you. That’s what I’ve labeled cold-call networking. On the other hand, when you schedule a conversation with someone you haven’t met before, you do have a chance to pave the way–and you should. Warm networking offers much greater potential value tha...
Networking for Remote Workers
by Alexandra Levit - Aug, 2013
One of the benefits of working in an office is the people. Every day, you are exposed to a variety of similarly-minded professionals from whom you can learn and grow. However, when you telecommute or are a remote worker, it’s easy to become isolated. Here are a few ways to keep your networking efforts up to par when you don’t have the crutch of encountering new colleagues as a matter of course. Join a Third-Party Associat...
Tips From The Experts: How To Network Your Way To A New Job
by Michelle Dumas - Aug, 2013
You check the newspaper or online listings, see a position that could be great for you, and you apply to it – never to hear from that organization. Does this scenario sound familiar? With fewer jobs in the marketplace, competition is extremely fierce. But if this single, traditional method of finding new employment isn’t working for you, you need to add another strategy to your toolbox. One strategy is networking. Here are so...
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