Building a personal brand that resonates with employers and customers is hard. While in or just out of school, it can often seem impossible. So our friends at YEC asked some of their members this question:
“What’s advice would you give a young careerist or entrepreneur who wants to build a network but is having trouble being taken seriously?”
I tend to give all networkers, even the “master” networkers, the benefit the doubt. Over time, though, I’ve identified four traits of people who are least likely to be a useful connection.
When you encounter any one of these traits, it’s time to move on to someone else in your network…
The best way to advance your job search is to talk to the people making the big decisions: the hiring manager.
In fact, to greatly improve your job search results, the number of conversations with these decision makers is the ultimate metric you should be tracking. Not job leads found. Not new connections on social media. Not applications sent.
In an article for the Huffington Post, I shared with readers my love for informal, even random, networking – and how I seem to be a magnet for bizarre networking encounters. (One such encounter happened in the locker room wrapped only in a towel!) As much as I seem to attract these random networking opportunities, when it comes to making new connections, I also make a deliberate effort to put myself out there. And I continue to be amazed by the number of doors that open as a result! There are so many different ways to say “hello” and make
If you are still putting off joining LinkedIn, or have an account but haven’t made LinkedIn part of your daily work routine, now is the time to dive in head first. After all, could 300 million people be wrong?
LinkedIn, however, isn’t foolproof. Mistakes are made – and care must be taken to make sure you are getting the most out of the world’s largest professional network….