I began a new job (HOORAY!!), and I really want to improve my networking skills as a way to become better at my job and expand on my freelance writing escapades. Therefore, I attended a networking seminar to master this skill. I ended up learning about myself and the art of true business.
For that reason, I asked permission to post the presentation outline of the event right here on Word Press. This way, all of you can learn from the session too.
Job Searching in 2012
- Resume Posting
- Job Boards (Monster, Indeed, etc.)
- Corporate Sites
- Social Networking
- Job Fairs
- Networking events
- Elevator Speech and Networking
Networking Step One
- Identify Your Sphere of Influence
- People you used work with—especially former bosses
- Family and friends
- Former clients and vendors (from past work)
- People you do business with now
- Networking Step One
- Reestablish Contact with Your Sphere of Influence
- LinkedIn or FaceBook are great for first contact.
- Let’s re-connect! How have you been?
- Call them!!
- Give them your update. Keep it positive!
- Networking Step One
- Get Referrals
- Do your research online first.
- Don’t ask for a job, ask for a contact.
- Be specific: company, industry or field.
- Get them to call their contact on your behalf.
Activity: What product have your purchased or thing that you have done recently got you really excited?
Your Elevator Pitch
- “Let’s go around the room and introduce yourself.”
- Keep it short: 30 seconds.
- Avoid industry jargon.
- Give everyone a CLEAR idea of what you can do, and what you are looking for.
- Give a short example of something amazing you did recently.
Activity: Your 30 Second (or less) commercial, or the greatest accomplishment in your career.
Now, DITCH THE PITCH!
- Answer the question, “So, what do you do?”
- Making a REAL personal connection.
- Inspires conversation.
- Gets to the heart of what you do.
- Be ready for the next question as well.
- Look for opportunities to start new connections.
Netweaving as a Life Skill
- 84% Success Rate, according to “What Color is Your Parachute?”
- Avoid EVER finding yourself in this situation again
- It is much more fulfilling and FUN
- How far can you take it?
Activity: Create your network poster with your name, name of your company and position, 3 good local friends, neighbors, or family members, and where they work. Then, hang your poster on the wall and stay there
Taking it to the Streets
- Where do I go from here?
- Get involved in your Church
- Volunteer your time (what do you believe in?)
- Chamber of Commerce mixers in your area
- North County Times Event Calendars
- Question: What are you doing to meet people?