Gone are the days where the only way of finding a new job was through an advert, or even a recruiter. With the increase in social media, companies have endless means of sourcing talent. However, one rule of thumb still applies today "it's not what you know, but who you know."
By networking up, you're attempting to meet the top players in your industry. This not only drives your income but also fuels your all-around sense of happiness. Just think about the positivity that's generated by bouncing ideas around with a bunch of the top go-getters in your field.
It takes only seconds for others to form an opinion of us when we meet them for the first time. What they initially see becomes their own personal version of the truth, and it can be hard to change a first impression.
Entrepreneurs who have the courage to authentically share their unique story and the generosity to share their best insights have an amazing opportunity to quickly build a world-class, antifragile reputation.
In no particular order, here are 10 stupid questions -- yes, Virginia there are stupid questions -- and networking faux pas. These are applicable universally but overheard/developed at the 39th Annual National Black Journalists Association Convention and Career Fair #NABJ14
In order to build effective networks, we need both formal and informal networks in place. My most meaningful connections, against all logic, have developed outside of professional networking opportunities.
As social creatures, we connect, explore and shop based on the recommendations of people we trust. But when we broadcast suggestions or requests on social media, there's no guarantee that valued sources or experts will see them and respond.
New connections are the life blood of your career that can open up new worlds of opportunity to you. If you're someone who struggles with making time for this activity, I want to share two key principles with you and then a few tips.
From an individual performance to companywide perspective, we all have a desire to improve ourselves and our work. Here are six proactive and manageable resolutions for any business, no matter the size or success.
Entrepreneurs; let's collectively exhale a sigh of relief, because we don't have to be just one thing. We can be many things, find the through line, and never fear the "what do you do for a living" question again.
Making introductions is a great way to be helpful to your contacts. Being helpful and leading with value is a highly effective way to build a network. There are many ways to be helpful, but making introductions is often one of the best.