Finding a Job

What is your Networking Action Plan?

As we head into the holiday season the opportunities for networking increase. Yes meeting new people is great but if you’re looking for your ideal flexible job you should have a plan of action to maximize every networking opportunity and great contacts that you meet.

Here are some easy steps to get you going.

1. Don’t Let Business Cards Gather Dust

It’s easy to meet someone new, put their business cards in your pocket or purse and never look at them again. To be effective you must act on making the most of your new connections and do so within 24 hours of meeting them so that you are fresh in their mind. If you procrastinate, you run the risk of your new connection forgetting who you are. Your new contacts will also be impressed you took the time to reach out to them so soon after your introduction.

2. Show Your Value to New Contacts

People are more likely to want to connect with you if they think there’s something advantageous to them in making a connection with you. Think of always creating a Win-Win scenario. Therefore, it’s probably best to build a relationship with your new connection rather than straight out asking the person for a referral or job right away. Perhaps you discussed a shared interest or some other timely topic. Share additional information with your new contact by sending a link to an article you recently read about that topic. If you stay in the person’s short-term memory, he/she will be likely to contact you when there’s a job opening in your field or a business opportunity.

3. Become a Connector

Some of the best networkers take adding value to the next level by putting their own personal motives aside to connect other people. This can take place at an event or afterwards, but try to make connections between the people who you have recently met. This also helps with remembrance because both people will remember you as the person who connected them.

4. Technology Is Your Friend

One of the easiest ways to stay in touch with a contact is to connect with the person on Social Media. For example when inviting them to become a contact, instead of sending the boring form message, type in a few sentences about where you just met and a snippet from your conversation. People have an easier time remembering your meeting if you remind them where you met and what you talked about.

5. Always be Looking to Expand Your Network

Networking is not a one-time thing. You should try to constantly expand your network and improve upon your networking skills. The more you practice networking, the better you will become with this skill. At a minimum you should make some friends along the way.


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