Networking is an effective way to support your job search and career goals. To get the most out of your networking, understand your goals and create a plan to achieve them. By making a conscious decision to create and execute your networking plan you will see greater results.
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- First understand what results you want to get from your networking activities. Are you networking because you are in job search mode? Are you looking to build your network to expand your career horizons? Is your goal to identify strategic partners? Is your networking objective to find customers? By understanding what you want to get out of your networking activities, you can best determine where to spend your efforts.
- Next determine where you will find the people you want to network with. Look for professional organizations, Chamber of Commerce, community groups, trade shows and educational events which would be of interest to your ideal networking contacts. Research these opportunities to understand the attendance levels and typical attendee. Determine the cost to attend the event including any membership dues.
- Set a goal for the number of contacts you will meet during the event. By spending 5 to 7 minutes with each contact, you could plan to meet ten people in an hour. By the end of the event you will have a sample of the attendees. You can now determine if attending this event brought you closer to achieving your networking goals.
By creating a plan for your networking activities you will have a better chance to achieve your career and networking goals. Taking the time to plan your next networking activity may take more effort before the event though your networking results will be more rewarding.
Do you wonder how some people gain direction, focus and momentum in their job search? How do they stay so motivated? What are they doing differently than you are? According to the Wall Street Journal, those who use a career coach find their next job 15%-46% faster than those who do not. Here are five benefits you can receive by hiring a career coach.
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1. Perspective: At times we can get so wrapped up in our day to day activities that we lose perspective. A coach will offer an outside opinion of how the world perceives you.
2. Assessment: Part of a coach’s job is to keep current on industries and trends. They can advise you on how your current skills align with today’s job market. They will help you learn more about yourself and your passion.
3. Goal Setting: You will define both tactical and strategic goals with your coach as well as a road map to achieve these. Together you will discuss your desired career path and lay out the plans to get you to your destination.
4. Motivation: Your coach is there to motivate you and inspire you to be your best. If you are not making progress, your coach will challenge you to be more effective. You’ll get a pat on the back when you deserve it.
5. Accountability: When you meet with your coach, you will review the progress you have made towards achieving your goals. The coach will ask you about road blocks you put in your own path and work with you to remove them or detour around them.
Just in time for your next interview is our report interview tips to land your next job.
You probably have heard this one before. Preparation is the key to successful interviewing. You only have one chance to make a good first impression. Hiring managers and recruiters often receive hundreds of applications for a single job opening. If you can not answer the question “Why should I hire you?” confidently and convincingly, you do not have a chance. Are you ready with your answer to this question?
Our Interview Tips special report helps you through four of the trickiest questions and how to practice for your interview.
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Get the tools you need to be confident at your next job interview. Invest in yourself. Blowing an interview will cost you maybe thousands of dollars. Get ready to shine when you meet your potential new boss.
A big, warm THANK YOU!
Thank you to those who have referred new clients to me. My business is built on word of mouth referrals and I appreciate you. Feel free to give me a call or drop me an email if you know someone who can benefit from working with a coach.
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Who can benefit from working with me? Whose who are:
- Enthusiastic, and not jaded
- Accountable for your own actions
- Ready for something new in their life
- Need help figuring out the more authentic you
- Want to get more out of life
- Willing to change
- Prepared to work and work hard to achieve your goals
- Understand your will have homework and research to do between our sessions
- Not looking for a magic, quick fix
Does this sound like someone you know?
Ready to learn more about about coaching? Email April or call 414.502.7745 for more information.