When to say “thank you”

April 3, 2015

Nothing says thank you like a handwritten note.

Here’s advice on when to thank your networking contacts and tips on writing thank you notes, from the Networking HQ Blog with Larry James.


Networking Advice: Get Specific!

March 19, 2015

Important advice for job seekers who’re out there networking, from the Wise Job Search.


Find a Job with Massive, Structured Networking

February 1, 2015

Excellent article on how to network when you’re looking for a job, from the Harvard Business Review Blog Network.


5 Tips for Shy Networkers

May 6, 2012

Some good networking tips,
whether you are shy or not,
from Career Realism.


How to Connect with High-Profile Individuals

April 29, 2012

You have a chance meeting with Mr. Big.
But how do you try to connect with him?

Here’s great advice on how to
network
with anyone, including
big wigs, from Forbes.


Networking tips for job seekers

April 27, 2012

Dave Sherman recently spoke about networking
at the Career Networking Ministry at McLean
Bible Church.

Job seekers need to get out of the house and go
meet people, Dave said. Take your laptop to
Starbucks or anyplace else that has wifi, do
your work there and talk to people. Go to
networking events, professional association
events.

Don’t try to sell yourself or find a job at a
networking event, he said. Just go talk to
people and learn about them.

What does it take to make a connections?
Commonality and likeability. That is the basis
of networking and also the basis of every job
interview, according to Dave. Talk about movies,
sports, or any topic you have mutual interest in.

His favorite icebreaker: “What do you do when
you’re not working?”

Show up at events 15 to 30 minutes early. It’s
easier to meet people then. The bigger the event
the earlier you should go.

The most powerful words in job hunting are,
“Who do you know?” Dave said. [Assume you
don’t ask this at the networking event, but
rather once you’ve establish a bit of a
relationship.]

Be as specific as possible about what you’re
looking for or who you’d like to meet. Also
make it easy for people outside your field to
understand. For example, “Do you know anyone
at company x?”

Dave said everyone is 6 degrees away from the
hiring manager they’d like to meet. You meet one
person, who refers you to another, who refers
you to another and so one until you meet someone
who can refer you to the hiring manager.

[You need to get face-to-face meetings with
people to do this. Ask for 20 or 30 minutes of
their time. Offer to take them for coffee
near their office. End the meeting by asking
for the names of two other people to talk to.]

Networking is a treasure hunt. You never know
who you’re going to meet, he said.

You can learn more about how to network to find
a job by taking the 40Plus training program.

The next class starts June 11, 2012.


Search for a job like an executive

April 26, 2012

You don’t often see CEO positions
advertised.

CEOs know how to use their network
of contacts to find a new position
, and now you can too, from
Next Chapter New Life.

Read Part 2 to learn how to network like an executive.