Sarah's Top 10 Networking Tips
Over the years as a professional recruiter, marketing director and career transition consultant, I have collected a top 10 list of networking tips. These 10 tips have come from various sources but all are proven to be highly effective.
- Be open-minded. Everyone is a potential network source (i.e., hair dresser, doctor, accountant, travel agent, neighbor or golfing buddy) Don't ever eliminate someone as a potential network source before you've talked to them. Remember the 3 foot rule!
- Send follow-up notes and thank you's to people who have helped you with a connection or after meeting with them.
- Go to your network wheel and contact 2-3 new people each week to stay connected. Don't ask them for anything except for how you can be a resource to them.
- Accept all invitations to attend meetings, parties, and conferences even when you may not know anyone that will be there. See if you can get a list of who will be there so can find bridges and connections that will help you "break the ice" when you introduce yourself.
- Be as specific as possible with your network contacts. Target which industry, company or person you're trying to get in front of so they can help you with the 6 degrees of separation.
- Seek involvement. Don't just join an organization and pay your annual dues. Seek out where you could offer your expertise and assistance...Get involved!
- Return every phone call and email you receive throughout your life.
- Don't be a network user and don't commit network "drive-bys". Help others get what they want first.
- Network for life, don't just network for the moment.
- Develop a powerful introduction that tells people what you do and how you do it. This is the most important and least expensive marketing tool you need.
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