By Devora Zack
Do you associate networking with shameless self-promotion and ‘more = more’? Does that make your stomach turn? Me too!
By: John Rampton
March 20, 2015
Networking events: Love 'em or hate 'em, they're a necessary part of life as a business professional. They let you meet like-minded individuals and make important business connections; they may even net you a much-needed job or contract.
1) Have you guys found a place to put your coats/bags, or are we just holding on to them?
This question plays on the communal confusion that occurs at every event. No one knows what they're doing. And the ones that do will revel at the chance to be the one "in the know."
2) You guys look like you're having the most fun in the room, mind if I join this conversation?
Of course, this group actually has to look like they're having a good time.
3) Have you guys been having any trouble with the Wi-Fi?
Many job seekers have told me how much they hate networking for their job search. They don't like meeting strangers, particularly when they (and the strangers) have "an agenda."
They'd rather spend (waste?) time endlessly clicking on the "Apply" button on job boards than venture out into the scary world of "NETWORKING"!
My favorite networking story:
March 3, 2015
You’ve heard it here before that networking through contacts is the most effective approach when job searching, but let us go into how exactly you as a job seeker can effectively network.
1) If the main point of the meeting is to ask, "can you hire me?", you are wasting your time. John works in another department and is not in the position to hire you.
What do you think is a more effective networking strategy? Going to an industry event with others in your same profession? Or going to an event in a totally different industry where you’ll stand out?
One of the best ways to stand out in job search networking is to be the only one in the room like you. Why not crash an event in another industry?
February 7, 2012 By Dan Toussant
Why build a network? Why contact people?
For the most part,
- They will NOT have a job for you to consider,
- They may NOT be interested in talking with you; (people are SO busy), and
- Why take the time to go meet, when you could be filling out an on-line application, or responding to a job posting with a resume and cover letter!
Senior Consultant Facilitation Solutions, Coach, Author, Speaker
Oct 24, 2015
As a job hunter, do you sometimes feel like the Invisible Man or Woman? No one seems to knows you are right there?
Today I saw a quote that said:
"If you are not on LinkedIn, you are invisible to recruiters."
Getting interviews? If not, perhaps it's time you learned how others are meeting HR decision makers. Here are some effective but indirect ways to get noticed by the people who can get you hired.
Best Referrals Are a Friend of a Friend
Ask friends, "Do you know anyone who might know someone?" Then, don't be afraid to discuss your job search wherever you go-at the gym, church, ballgames, parties, social media and so forth. When the opportunity presents itself, be open and honest about what you're looking for.
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By DENNIS NISHI
When Jessica Rodrigues moved to New York after four years of doing AIDS health work in Mozambique, she mostly relied on the Internet to look for work.
She emailed her résumé in response to online job postings and waited. When that tack didn't net many offers, she sought help from New York career coach Melissa Llarena, who told her to get more face to face with her search.
That included expanding her professional network and coming up with creative ways to get in front of the right people.
Networking has two purposes: (1) to get you your next job, and if that’s not right now, (2) to prepare for when you need to. Networking is the most effective way to secure a job nowadays. Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads—human resources consultant to the largest companies in America—says that if you network your way into a company to the point that someone internal there delivers your résumé to the hiring manager, that delivery increases your chances 10-fold. And that means a thousand percent!
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by Bruce Kasanoff on February 21, 2014
Until recently, I didn’t know that Bill Gates might owe a chunk of his early success to his mom. It turns out that Mary Gates sat on the United Way board along with John Akers, who became IBM's CEO. Mary suggested to Akers that IBM did not sufficiently appreciate some of the smaller firms in the computer industry, and eventually IBM started taking proposals from such firms, among them the fledgling Microsoft firm.
by: Michael Purdy, Monster Contributing Writer
A crazy thing about communication in American society is the strange power of the listener. A song isn't good unless the listener says it is good; audiences determine music's success. However, it is equally true that we aren't serious listeners until we have educated our ears. If we don't critically train our listening tastes, we could be a mindless consumer of whatever the music industry pushes our way with big ad budgets and slick promotions.
Over the years, it's been proven that the most talented people get their jobs through networking. What's surprising is the fact that most companies still spend most of their hiring efforts using job postings.
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February 4 2014
What’s the difference between a networking event that inspires and connects versus one that fails?
Networking events are infamously awkward because they can’t seem to consistently generate trusting relationships.
There are exceptions, but often people approach them from the mindset of “How can you help me?”, “Can you get me a job?”, “Want to buy this?”.
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