For those of us who lean toward introversion (*raises hand*), meeting new people can be a tough experience. But even if you’re the most extroverted extrovert, making a good first impression can be tough.
And according to research, what you do on your end is only half the battle…
It’s tough to grow a business in a silo. By that I mean operating without dialogue, networking and information exchange with other people in your industry. I believe 100% in joining industry associations relevant to your business. They can open doors, lead to new relationships and give you access unavailable to non-members.
When you are in a job search, your emails usually ask the recipient to take some sort of action: look at your qualifications for a job, request an informational meeting, follow-up on an interview or application. In all these instances, you are “selling” your email recipient on the benefits of taking the action. Here are seven best practices gleaned from sales and marketing professionals that will increase the likelihood that your emails are attention getting emails that demand a response.
Networking and mentorship isn’t limited to people you don’t already know. What if you want to brainstorm with (or learn new skills from) a coworker or colleague?
You need to send an email and ask for a phone call or in-person networking meeting in a way that’s polite yet direct.
Informal networking is an important part of getting your dream job.
At every opportunity, you must make sure you’re both likable and professional… without becoming “that” guy.