Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the July 8, 2002 issue of QuintZine.
We bandy the word “networking” about, but what does it really mean, and what does networking involve. Writing in a recent Career Masters Connection, the newsletter of Career Masters Institute, resume writer Beverly Harvey notes that networking involves:
- meeting with a person for the sake of gathering information, asking for advice, asking for the names of publications, organizations, books, or pertinent events (conferences, seminars, workshops) and asking for the name of two to three others (professionals, vendors, suppliers, recruiters, competitors, sales people);
- following up on the referrals and leads and repeating the same process with each referral to perpetuate development of an increasingly larger network;
- following up with each contact to keep them abreast of the outcomes;
- announcing acceptance of a position and thanking each person involved in the process;
- continuing the networking relationship on a regular basis (once every three to four months).
Harvey notes that job-seekers also should “be sure to ask if there is anything they can do in return — or offer their assistance in some way. Networking is a two-way street and the most successful networkers are those who take the initiative to contribute to someone else’s success.”
- The best way to develop long-term contacts is face-to-face.
- Your next job could come from a colleague of someone you’re currently working with, so it pays to cultivate effective relationships on the job.
- The more you network, the easier it gets.
- Always be ready to network someone by performing a random act of kindness.
- Even if you’re shy, plenty of networking opportunities exist, such as getting involved in volunteer work.
- Networking sins include focusing only on what’s in it for you, making a sales pitch too soon, and talking too much instead of listening and asking questions.
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