Basic Networking Rules
Knowing and following the basic networking rules is important. Be
aware: the most effective method for finding and landing jobs is—by
You want to make a good impression on your growing network.
Networking is four times more effective than responding to a vacancy
published in the newspaper or on Internet.
have to have thorough self-knowledge based on a thorough analysis. If
you don’t, then download our free manual and we advise you do some work
with My Career Guide.
- You have to know what you want.
- You must have a plan for working the job market.
If your answer to first three questions of the
basic networking rules is that you don’t, then download our free Job
Change System (you find it on our home page) and
start preparing yourself.
We advise you do some extra work too. Have a look at My
a rule of thumb, never just start looking for a job. Start network
interviews to gather information about the kind of business you think
you would like to work in. Of course, always be ready to respond to an
attractive offer if it occurs. But not before you are fully prepared.
You know the trade situation well now along with one other thing: you
never fish for a job offer yourself.
- Your follow-up on
previous appointments must always be punctual, and you take care not to
be of any inconvenience to the people who are so polite to talk with
you and inform you about their business. If an appointment for an
interview is at a time that’s inconvenient to you, say so. Communicate
that you're also a busy (wo)man.
- During network interviews
of an exploratory nature, you must avoid—at all costs—leaving the
impression that you are seeking a job right now. Instead, you've come
for an orientation and an information-gathering conversation. You gain
advice and opinions from key figures in the business.
you are busy with your networking approach, you must appear to be a
perseverant and pleasant person. Your network grows fast. It is not
uncommon to meet more than thirty new acquaintances.
- Communicate and sail your own course. Never
tell your new network that you are being coached by a professional
during conversations that tend to be more like job interviews than
networking, it is important that you do not vent the impression of a
desperate job seeker.
- Stick to these basic networking rules.
you are a person with strong work ethic, ambition, and expertise. You
like a challenge when you see a solution to a problem someone else is
struggling with (especially if he/she is the man/woman entitled to sign
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to Recover Burned Bridges
It is important that you first come to terms with past
relationships and mend burned bridges that still keep you clinging to
old hurts. Maybe there is someone waiting for a chance to air his
opinion about you! How can you prevent that from happening?
case: How to Mend Burned Bridges
Practical case description on mending a burned bridge.
a Former Negative Employer
You tried to manage a former negative employer and mend burned
bridges…but it didn’t work out so well. It is possible that a dismal
former boss won’t go along with your positive approach. If you are
confronted with such a person, do not argue with him! Just find a
decent way to say good-bye.
Another possibility is that a frustrated
colleague spread negative stories about you. If you suspect or hear
such a thing, there is only one rough remedy.
A successful applicant has a job finding system. You should have
one too. Anyone searching for a job must find employers who are looking
for people with your expertise, experience, skills, and capabilities.
We have compiled some suggestions for your list of business-related
questions you want to ask during exploratory meetings.
You sent thank you notes after your meetings and now it is time for
a follow-up call. At home, while sorting out notes, pay special
My Personal Network is all about awakening your dormant network.
Your networking activities gain strength when you manage to avoid your
contacts getting the feeling of being taxed.
After you have made an extended list of your network, you can start to
Access Your Network. Now…how do you do that?
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