Social Media: The Modern Turn Of Professional Networking

Follow Up Like a Pro After a job interview, conference, or event, failing to follow up is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Think about that pile of business cards you’ve collected over the years: how many of those people are you no longer in touch with? After you trade business cards, send your new contact a “thank you” or “nice to meet you” email within a day or two. In the coming weeks and months, check in periodically to ensure you remain top-of-mind, each time providing some ...
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Building Your Network: Approach People Like You’re Making New Friends

We’ve all had to make friends at some point, whether it was on your first day at work or attending a company function. We’ve built up some serious interpersonal skills over the years by just being people — why not capitalise on them professionally? Here’s a primer: Gravitate toward your tribeFollow your interests to find like-minded people. If you’re going to a business event,  fundraiser or careers fair you automatically have something in common with the people there. Your passion for ...
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Six Degrees of Connections

Many people know how important friends are in helping you find a job. However, when asked which friends are the most valuable, nearly all answer ‘close friends and family’. But this isn’t so. Your close friends tend to know the same people as you, and therefore hear of the same career opportunities. It is the loose connections that are the most beneficial, those who, by definition, move in different circles to you. There are also a lot more of them. When you are actively seeking a job, you n...
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Benefits Of Working With Your Competitors

It is difficult to understand at first how you can work with your competitors who are trying to steal your lunch! But after being introduced to it, most can see its power and potential. We all have the same issues. We’re all addressing the same problems and the big, bad them are not always actual competitors. You will find that most have specialised in an area, focused on particular niches, and do not directly compete with you. Some may be direct competition but even within this particular s...
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Networking With Competitors: Taking It To Another Level

Imagine an industry where there are perhaps 100 competitors. And say that 5 or 6 managers or professionals from different companies, who all do similar roles, start co-operating and helping one another with their careers. What sort of things could they share and help one another with? What could they do together to get themselves more leverage: to start getting a bigger piece of the pie? What are some of the things this small group might be able to share whilst still competing with others doing...
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How To Choose Between 2 Great Candidates

Finding great job candidates is hard. However, there is such a thing as a good problem to have. Imagine finding not one, but TWO excellent candidates for a job! At first, you’re thrilled,but then you realise – you’ll have to make a call and choose one of the two! 1. Figure out who wants you more: Candidates who are already employed and just looking to make a change will probably be less motivated to start working than those who desperately need a job. Ask questions like: Who asked mo...
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Why Is Networking So Important For Careers?

It’s extraordinary the leverage you get from networking: how it improves sales and business in general. And with careers it is exactly the same thing -it makes an amazing difference to your career if you co-operate with people, if you build networks. Just some of the benefit networking provides are: referrals, critical and timely advice, inside information, and social support. Better connections also increase your status, your job opportunities, AND salary.
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10 Tips For Practical Networking

Connecting with others is a great way to expand your professional network or to help your business grow. Here are our top 10 tips for practical connecting: People can only do business with you if they have met you personally, been referred to you, or gotten to know you over a period of timeAlways stay fully focused with the person you are talking toPrepare two or three questions that you can comfortably ask strangersEscape appropriately at functionsWork a conference before and after the form...
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The Basics Of Networking

When we talk about how to build connections and networks, there are three vital concepts: You have to give people a reason to want you in their network. Unless you can find a way to help them - that makes sense and is valuable to them - they won’t want you in their network. The aim is to give before you receive. Some networks have mottos like “Givers gain”: This first step is absolutely vitalPeople have to know you, and what you’re good at. This is the second most important point in networki...
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Take A Break At Work

Taking a breath break can help when you’re feeling stressed, exhausted or just need to hit the reset button. Below are two ways you could include a breath break in your work routine. 1. Count your breaths. Breathing in and out for a certain amount of time gives you control over the process, taking your attention away from racing thoughts and back to your physical body.   2. Scan your body. Overwhelmed by a work task? Head to the bathroom and reflect on how you’re physically feeling...
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