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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.

No Fear Networking

Presenter:

Jason Jordan

StandOUT Communications

(www.standout-comm.com)

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Job Searching in 2012

  • —Resume Posting
  • Job Boards (Monster, Indeed, etc.)
  • Corporate Sites
  • —Social Networking
  • —Blogging
  • —Job Fairs
  • —Networking events
  • —Elevator Speech and Networking

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—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?

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—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.

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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.

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—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?
  • Toastmasters.org
  • 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?
  • Meetup.com
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Congratulations to me! I’ve just completed my B.A. in Creative Writing. Now what?

The first ideal step is to get an internship in my field, which includes (but not limited to) journalism, publishing, and entertainment. The next ideal step is to work really hard and hope the company hires me permanently. Sounds like a realistic plan to me. So let me get started! Searching…searching….what!? I have to be enrolled in college?

Okay! Some majors are more marketable than others, but that’s not the reason why I’ve been having trouble. It’s because I was very passive while I was in college. I was one of those fools who decided not to take up an involved internship while in school. Now look at where it got me. I’ve been searching high and low for a good internship with no luck. Most of the internships I’ve encountered require me to be a junior or senior in college. My resume could be an issue too.  It isn’t beefy enough, and employers demand a big steak.

So all you college students out there, learn from my mistakes. Be proactive! Your resume is important, and the best time to build it is NOW. Okay! I’m getting too preachy. Let’s turn the attention back on me.

Even though the search is rough right now, I’m a not quitter. I strive for optimism, so I’ll get that internship. I just need to remain patient and persistent. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep on writing and apply for jobs till that time comes.

There’s no where to go but UP from here!

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