I can see my resume and my cover letter. I can view my LinkedIn profile at will. I see the results of the latest project I worked on; same with my colleagues and customers. For me, though, my network—an intangible workhorse plugging away on my behalf 24/7—was hard to visualize or touch, and therefore invisible.
The reality, however, is that whether you choose to see it or not, your network is incredibly valuable—and just may determine the quality of your career.
Networking is never easy. Even the online kind, when done right, is work. Hard work.
To help you get the most out of your networking efforts, our friends at Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) asked their members: What is your one great tip and/or tool for networking?
Any successful salesperson will tell you that the secret to making the sale is to put yourself “in the shoes” of the customer — what are the customer’s major concerns?
The same can be said for a successful job seeker. The secret to a successful job search: putting yourself “in the shoes” of the hiring manager by asking: What does that hiring manager want and need — and what must they avoid?
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
The #60Day Challenge is designed to provide job and internship seekers with a step-by-step process to become highly employable just two months from now. Each day, in 300 words or less and with a task that in most cases will take you less than an hour to complete, we’ll focus on a different key element of career development. Once done, we’ll get you a baby step closer to your dream job or internship. Today, Day 1 of 60, we focus on reconnecting with influencers and mentors who will make a huge difference in your career.
I made the mistake of not following up several times when I first started networking. I used to say to myself “I know they’ll contact me. I gave them my business card and told them a rock star career story that would enhance my personal brand.” As a result, no one ever contacted me.
It wasn’t until I started sending the networking follow up email below that I really started to see results.