It doesn't matter if you are fresh out of college, a 15-year veteran in corporate America, or one of the casualties of the economic downturn re-building your career, we all can use a boost from today's tech tools.
I completely understand that you have a certain relational capacity and that over-investing in meeting new people is not a good use of time. However, new connections are the life blood of your career that can open up new worlds of opportunity to you.
The truth is that I donate my services quite regularly. But if I'm going to help you move forward in your career and keep my own, we need to get on the same page when it comes to valuing one another's time and expertise.
Even with a vast array of online job search tools, the power of connections still holds strong, especially when it comes to developing strong networking relationships with those regard as thought leaders in your industry.
Are these the only questions I can come up with? Absolutely not, but it seems they are the only ones that are socially acceptable to ask within the first five minutes of meeting someone. This drives me crazy, because the interaction is both boring and mildly irritating.
We rely on schools to teach students how to read, write and even solve complex problems, but we can't ask our education system to give them the career exposure or the connections that they need to put their education to use.
Whether you're an extroverted "power networker" or a shy or lazy introvert, connecting with others should be a part of your weekly work routine. Here are 10 places I've met clients and prospects over the past nine years.
When was the last time you attended a networking event or a panel discussion held by one of the associations you've joined? If the answer is "I can't remember", you may agree with me that the days of associations are numbered, unless they change.
Would this reunion of sorts have been possible without social media? Not without the help of a private detective, for I only knew his name, state in which he went to school, and a sport he played. His advice has been priceless as has the business relationship we have developed.
This job-creating strategy requires imagination and good networking skills, and not everyone is willing to invest the energy it requires. But for people who have the necessary skills and creativity, it may be the best way to get hired in a job market where advertised openings are scarce.
I confess. I am a hand shaker, a hugger and a smoocher. I've been to social events all over the country and learned this is part of the protocol. I am comfortable with it but now realize others are not.