Build and create an amazing network of like minded professionals
Networking can be the light, which illuminates a cloudy career path, when prospects seem bleak. A social website can re-establish hope, during our darkest job search hour, or that moment when we give up, and consider tearing our virtual resume to shreds. Our proverbial knight, or knightess, can arrive at any time in the form of online chatter, giving us a direct line to a potential dream job.
Social networking has universally become one of the quickest ways to reach out and find connections in, or related to our career of choice. However, in order for this to work, we require the right social network to chat, or post our way to success. How do we connect with the right individuals?
Here are 6 detrimental tips, which can ensure we get our name in the right places, in hopes of recognition at the right time:
Go High Rise Elevator Pitch, Not Ghetto Condo
What is an elevator pitch? It is us selling ourselves via summery within 30 seconds or less. We do this by covering the essentials about us. This is a quick summery of our past experience, a glimpse into what we have been doing of late, and our ideals on long term career goals in the future. Wrap it up by explaining why we are the perfect “fit” for the company or friendship.
Reach Out Via Mutual Social Circles
Connections, connections, connections! We can use the internet to reach out and contact new “friends”, but meeting live can be a much better asset. Make it a point to actually hang out in the right social circles, at places like workshops, alumni associations, conferences, workshops, and potential outings. Meet, greet, and exchange emails, screen names or websites.
First Impressions are Lasting Impressions
As soon as someone lays eyes on us, an initial opinion is drawn. Thus, when going out in a social situation, it is important to watch our body language, aka, avoid slouching, fidgeting, or obvious tenseness. Take the time and put effort into looking the role necessary for the professional circle desired. This does NOT mean put on enough perfume to make perspective associates feel as if they are locked in a gas chamber. Instead, use a light scent, minimal application, and dress professionally, or casual professional. Be polite, extend a hand, and exchange pleasantries.
Don’t Just Listen, Hear.
Anyone can sit and pretend to pay attention, and likely, the other professionals know this. The people who actually listen can truly make a lasting impression, as it is such a rare quality to experience. Communicate with potential contacts, ask questions and respond to answers. This is a good way to creating a professional bonding experience of sorts.
Last Impressions are Also Lasting Impressions
Don’t just say, “see you later”, at the end of the evening, instead, roll things into the future. Instead of just leaving without future contact plans, we need to make sure we do have plans to reconnect. This can be done via online, over the phone, or at a future business outing. By making sure the potential business partners are aware we want additional contact with them. In doing so, we can sometimes ensure their interest in us.
Go Ahead, Make Their Day
When it comes to being a successful networker, you get more flies with honey than vinegar. In other words, give these potential contacts a reason to want to associate with us further. Perhaps they want a connection with someone already in our network, or advise on something within our expertise. Maybe they would just be impressed if you remembered their favorite latte, and had a good recommendation to enjoy a special cup. Whatever the lure, just make sure the bait is applicable to the chosen bite, and be genuine. No one likes faux people, so do not become one.
Instead, use these 6 useful tips to build and create an amazing network of like minded professionals. In the end, these contacts may be the next step to getting that perfect position, and you might even be able to return the favor. A well orchestrated social network, that is continuously fed, in order to evolve, can last a life time. Plan well, and succeed.