by Beverly Harvey - Jul, 2014
Your elevator pitch is a twenty-to thirty-second statement that tells networking contacts and company decision makers that you have what it takes to resolve their outstanding problem(s). It’s centered on your branded value proposition, what you offer, what you bring to the table. As such, it’s an extraordinarily valuable networking and selling tool. It acquired its name from the concept of accidentally meeting a decision ma...
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
Face-to-face networking may be one of the most detested phrases a career professional can hear. You mean I have to talk to strangers in person? Can’t I just email them? Isn’t it enough if I like their posts on LinkedIn? Sure, it is great to connect online. Most of our daily professional and personal interactions are virtual. However, there is a distinct value in meeting face to face. I have heard all of the excuses fo...
5 questions to ask to determine if your network is effective
by Julie Walraven - Jun, 2014
We speak much about networking these days with some confusion about what defines networking. Though I do attend one networking group every month – my Christian Business Leaders breakfast – I don’t think running to networking events is the solution or what I mean by networking. Though I am a proponent of using social media for networking, I don’t think just signing up for all the social media you can find is what I mean by netw...
11 concrete ways to use Twitter for networking
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
I don’t know how many job seekers are strategically using Twitter to network and advance their job search, but I do know that it’s a very small percentage. If you already use Twitter, you can easily switch to the more strategic focus I am going to teach you. But if you have never used Twitter before, don’t worry. It is easy to get started. It’s completely free. And once you understand the potential, I know you’ll be eager t...
Earning Your Marketing Stripes: It’s All About Relationships
by Brian Muys - Mar, 2014
In too many organizations, marketing and public relations are often considered more tactical functions that simply support larger business initiatives. In some instances, higher-cost promotional channels can all too easily be relegated to a secondary, discretionary role, especially during periods of economic uncertainty. First, this means that any given marketing program, however ambitious, must be directly aligned with or...
How to Network at Social Events When You Aren’t Social
by Barbara Safani - Mar, 2014
Like it or not, most professionals initially get their jobs by leveraging their network of contacts, and those contacts can be elusive if you never socialize. Just for the record, I’m not talking about landing your next gig through your brother or girlfriend. I’m talking about finding your next job through your brother’s friend’s neighbor’s boss’ wife’s childhood buddy who’s just been named vice president. Otherwise known as s...
Career & Job Search Networking Made Easy: 14 Excuses NOT to Network And How To Get Over Them
by Michelle Dumas - Feb, 2014
If you do not yet see the value of career and job search networking, this article is not for you. If you do not like job search networking, that is poor excuse for avoiding the key to your future career success. Developing, strengthening, and sustaining professional network relationships is at the center of your growth – or not. You are not the only one. You are not the only one who does not like “working” people you me...
Executive Job Interviews & Networking: Improve Yours
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Jan, 2014
If you haven’t been on an executive-level job interview in awhile you may want to consider evaluating your performance during your first few forays to uncover needed improvements. And if you’re conducting a series of networking discussions, this same approach will help you to bolster your performance and your results. I’ve listed a series of self-coaching questions here for your consideration. My suggestion would be to...
Networking, Networking, Networking … Did We Mention Networking?
by Teena Rose - Jan, 2014
We are a social people and the continual and complex exchange of managers dipping into the talent pool to pluck candidates and candidates offering up their talent and services is, at its heart, a social transaction. It makes sense, therefore, that the hiring manager will act socially and be more likely to choose someone he or she knows, or even someone he or she has briefly met, over some name on a sheet of paper. Similarly,...
Technology and Networking
by Kalindi Garvin - Jan, 2014
Today we’re going to talk about how technology like social media can enhance your networking. We’ve also included a few sample networking scripts to help you reach out to the networking contacts you identified in our last post. Hopefully these scripts will make it easier to take the first step in connecting with others. Technology and Networking Social media can also be effective for helping you achieve your net...
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