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How to Make the Most of Networking

job search networkingFor most of us, networking isn’t our favorite thing. It’s more of a “must do” than a “want to.” Networking is boring and can be absolutely terrifying. Meeting strangers at stuffy events where you wish a cocktail or three could be downed isn’t exactly fun.

The problem is networking is an absolute “must” in today’s business world. You have to network to get ahead in today’s business climate. If you cannot build a network, you cannot achieve your highest possible level of success. 

Luckily, networking isn’t just business cards and small talk these days. Things like LinkedIn profile development and more social media sites play a huge role. So here’s how to make the most of your networking efforts:

Be Sure to Avoid These Five Typical Mistakes While Networking

networking tips for job searchCompanies are leaning on referrals more and more these days. A referral allows the company to find an excellent candidate without paying a pricey recruiter or hiring multiple HR people to sort through resumes. It’s a win-win for businesses, employees (who often get referral bonuses) and job seekers.

… Except when you’re a job seeker who doesn’t know how to network. With networking becoming more and more important in the competitive job market, those who cannot connect end up without a job (or at least one they like). 

So make sure you get that dream job by upping your networking game and avoiding these five mistakes:


Job Search Networking Tip Got the Job Offer

job search networking tips

Your career network is bigger than you think.

If you're in a job search, networking is vitally important to your success--that is something everyone should know.

What you may be missing is this: your network is much larger than you think it is.

Debbie reached out to someone who had come into her office for a temporary visit several years ago--and ended up with a job:

I would like to thank Peggy as I was able to get this job by following her advice and channeling my inner Peggy.

I knew I had to get my resume in front of a hiring manager. I decided to contact someone from a company who had audited a study at my office several years ago.

I sent an email to him asking if he remembered me. He forwarded my resume to two VPs at the company and two days later I was contacted by a company recruiter.

I had two phone interviews within about a week and a job offer two days later. I never had a face to face interview.

I don’t know if I would have thought to contact this acquaintance had it not been for Peggy’s coaching calls. The referral by an internal employee carried a lot of weight in my hire. Thank you for providing your service and great information.


The question for you is: Who have you forgotten about? Who can you contact?

Your network isn't simply the people you've worked with before--they are others within your company, outside of your company, social acquaintances, and so much more.

Check out my job search tips for networking to help yourself think about who you can add to your list and follow these networking tips.

Debbie, I love that you 'channeled your inner Peggy'! I am so happy we were able to help. Best of luck to you!

**We provide coaching through personal, one-on-one coaching and through our Total Access Coaching Club.


Now Is the Time to Build Your Network

now is the time to build your networkNetworking is so critical to job search and career success that it’s pretty much ALWAYS time to build your network.

However, now really is a strategic time to pay deliberate attention to cultivating the relationships you have and developing new ones. Why?

For one thing, companies are hiring now—we’re seeing a lot going on with our coaching clients and customers. Even the ones who may be putting their hiring on hold right now may hire in December (actually a great time to job search) and after the New Year.

Reaching out to your network may result in you getting a job now, or it may set you up to be in the right place at the right time in a couple of months. It’s an ideal way to crack the hidden job market.

How do you build or strengthen your network?


How to Network Your Way to Your Dream Job

NetworkThe types of jobs you can get in 2016 are vastly different than what were available decades ago, all thanks to technological advancement. Furthermore, just as the careers available to prospective workers have transformed, so has the way we seek out jobs. Simply sending in applications to openings found on job listing resources no longer seals the deal. Networking is now the ticket to landing most jobs, which means you have to have connections to get desired positions. A large majority of lucrative jobs can no longer be found by scoping the classified section or browsing Craigslist. You have to know someone who already has experience in the industry and ask them to put in a good word for you. If you don’t have the right connections, this problem is easily solvable.


Is it true that you need at least 500 LinkedIn connections?

LinkedIn ConnectionsSome job seekers believe that in order to be successful on LinkedIn, they need 500+ connections.  This is a huge misconception about connections and what they do for you.

For Job Seekers

What’s important is that you are connected to the people you should be connected to, and reaching out to managers (not asking to connect) in your field about who you are and what you can do for them.

Who Needs Lots of Connections?

Some professions (like recruiters) need a large number of connections in order to operate effectively.

When you are on LinkedIn, you are visible to all recruiters when they search for keywords.  So, if you are trying to get noticed by recruiters (who are searching for people to fill jobs) on LinkedIn, it’s not really the connections that do it—it’s your profile.

What Matters for You on LinkedIn

Read more... - How to Network Effectively for Your Career Success!

Networking-ebookDo you hate networking? Do you want to learn how to network more effectively in less time?

Networking Effectively: How to Build Your Network for Career Success is now on Amazon!

It shows you how fast and easy it is to build a quality network that will benefit you many times throughout your career. Discover:

• How to Network Genuinely and Authentically Without Painful Small Talk
• Who Should Be In Your Professional Network (It’s More Than You Think)
• How to Keep Your Network ‘Fresh’ So It’s Easy to Tap When You Need It
• How to Reach Out to People You Haven’t Spoken to In Years Without Any Awkwardness
• What to Do If You Resigned (or Were Asked to Leave)
• What to Say to Everyone in Your Network (Includes Sample Emails)
• How to Grow Your Network by Leaps and Bounds
Amazon-Logo• How to Network on LinkedIn Without the Mistakes Most People Make
• How to Manage Aggressively Growing Your Network If You’re an Introvert

PLUS – Download a Free Worksheet to Kickstart Your Networking Success!

In just a few minutes, you’ll know how to network like a pro.

It has a BONUS SECTION, too: How to Work with Recruiters!

This is NOT just for job seekers...EVERYONE needs this book! 

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How to Find Out How Many LinkedIn Connections You Have

LinkedIn-Erin KennedyWhy does it matter how many LinkedIn connections you have?  Because when it comes to your network, bigger is better.

If you don't know how many people are in your LinkedIn network, Mary Cummins posted instructions for how to see how many connections you have on LinkedIn.

If I'm not part of your network, connect with me today:


3 Ways Volunteering And Networking Mesh

Erin-K-Volunteer“Networking” is that fragile web of connections you have with other people and volunteering can strengthen that web in several ways. Here are some of the advantages a voluntary approach to networking can add to your career:

  • Maintaining activity through volunteer work in your field keeps you in contact with potential employers and co-workers. When an opening comes up, they remember meeting you at several events. They also remember what you were like to work with! Staying active is good for you too, because it keeps you in the habit of productivity.


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Why You Should Always Be Hunting For A New Job

Erin-K-Networking-2Common wisdom suggests that when you have found a new job you quit hunting for a new one. This is a mistake that the vast majority of professionals make and it’s one that is typically detrimental to their careers. Constantly looking for new opportunities not only keeps you current with what positions are available, it also keeps you fresh in your current position.

Continuing to search for a new position isn’t necessarily an active pursuit. When you are reasonably happy in your current position and not really looking to change either your career or your employer, job search takes on a more passive role. Much of what you do during an active job search is ignored, such as cold calling, applications and interviewing. In a passive job search you keep your resume updated and you occasionally examine what is open in your field.


How Networking Affects Your Job Search

Erin-K-NetworkingMany people know that networking is important to their careers, but few understand how to effectively use their networking contacts when looking for a new job. Networking isn’t difficult, but is necessary, as it can be a very important tool in your job search strategy.

When you are actively looking for a new job, it’s always important to be dressed appropriately, use proper etiquette, and mingle comfortably at professional gatherings and events. Keep business cards with you and ensure that your contact information is always current. If you click with someone and they ask you to give them a call to follow-up to discuss a potential, be sure you do so within 1-2 business days.


One Way To Keep Your Networking Current

LinkedIn-Erin KennedyNetworking is one of those activities that gets shelved because you are busy. Unfortunately, it’s also one of those activities that needs to be consistent in order to do any good to your career. This is because the nature of networking is relationships, and if you only connect with people when you need them, you are viewed in a negative light. You also miss out on a lot of positive things when you don’t connect, so it’s a good idea to put it on your schedule.

If LinkedIn Is A Garden, It Has Weeds


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90-Day Plan Works For High-Tech Executive Level Job Interview

canstockphoto10583932(1)Connie lost her Director-level job in the high-tech industry and is looking for another executive-level position.  These positions are high-risk positions to fill for any company (lots of money and power involved--repercussions from decisions made by this person can last a long time). Check out Connie's story about how she used the promise of a 90 to 180-Day Plan to make a nervous, unsure hiring manager excited to interview her, and much more open to the idea of hiring her:

Hi Peggy,

I've been using all of your tools since I lost my job 4 weeks ago. I found you by following a link on LinkedIn; your program looked like exactly what I needed to launch my search.

By way of context, I'm in the high tech industry, specifically in outsourcing. My last position was at the director level but the company was relatively small, an EMS company with about $60M USD in revenue. It was a mistake going there in the first place as I am much better suited to large global companies. I'm armed with an MBA in International business, several languages, and 20 years of experience in strategic sourcing.

One of my LinkedIn connections knows the hiring manager at a large global OEM struggling to rationalize outsourcing across 60 countries; they need someone with my exact skill set including fluency in German. Imagine that!

The hiring manager, VP Operations, called me today (bypassing HR:). Luckily he was already pre-sold on me and had obtained executive approval to create a position in Global Sourcing. We spoke for a few minutes but it was clear that he was not sure exactly what he is looking for. He was only able to outline the little he knows about the challenge. He's new to his position as well and sounded nervous about the high visibility "my" position would have (big risk). And he was unsure how to proceed. He said "I guess we should meet so you can take me through your resume, what do you think?"

SO...I said "How about this; sure I'll take you through my background so you can see how I've been successful in similar roles in the past. Then, why don't I show you a brief powerpoint presentation outlining how I will approach this position in the first 3-6 months so that you see my thought process and what you can expect?" His response was "Are you serious? Wow, that would be fantastic! Is it ok with you if I invite a few other executives?"

I will let you know how this works out! I'm so excited and very very glad I followed all aspects of your program.

Best regards,

Connie G.

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Networking Tips For The Introvert

6575-000107Did you know that introverts can be great networkers? They just go about networking in a different mode than the extrovert, and since a lot of the advice you see on networking for your career seems to be geared toward those extroverts, the combination of introvert/networking has to be redefined.

Search Engine Journal usually is a site visited by marketers and webmasters, those interested in tech-savvy networking of the internet kind. But a recent article by Mindy Weinstein looks at 5 Networking Tips for the Tech-Savvy and Introverted, because even internet gurus have to do interpersonal networking for their career.


4 Easy Networking Tips for Your Job Search and Career

4 Easy Networking TipsFor a great job search and continuing career opportunities, you need to build and maintain a good network--but many people don't know how to do this well.

Here are 4 keys to give you have the kind of professional network that will serve you well in your job search and career:

1.   Contact your current contacts.

When's the last time you gathered up a list of all the people you know and have met in your work life?  I bet the number of people you know would surprise you.  Now--how many of those would you feel comfortable contacting for a job lead?  Probably not so many. The key to being able to tap this resource (your network) when you need it is to nourish it when you don't.  Here's how: