How to Network Effectively

Posted: March 18, 2011 in Decisions, Decisions
           “Confidence is the feeling by which the mind embarks in the great and honorable courses with    
              A sure hope and trust itself.”      ~Carl W. Ackerman         

Networking can often times get you a job or otherwise expand your business horizons. The key to networking is taking the initiative and refining your conversational skills. Networking is extremely important in today’s competitive market.  Being that jobs are scarce many are competing for the same jobs.  It is said that 85% of jobs/internships are never advertised (Penny Loretto.) Therefore, the likelihood of a job opening not being advertised increases the level of the job. Just how do you go about networking? Listed below are successful networking tips.

  • Start by developing a list of contacts such as, people you’ve met through various social and business functions. Your contacts may give you a job leads, offer advice and information about company or industry.  Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, teachers and the list goes on of possible contacts.
  • Communicate with your network on daily basics. You can do this by a phone call, email, and mail. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Often times many people enjoy working with others and mentoring them.
  • Set goals for yourself. For example, I want to network with 5 people this week. The purpose of having goals will make you work hard through networking. Setting goals will be well rewarding in the end as you’re on your pathway of success.
                  Always remember….
                             Networking help you uncover all those hidden possibilities.

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