Networking Correctly

By now, everyone understands the importance of networking. It is the key to finding a good job.  Although people understand that they need to network, many don’t understand the best way to go about it, the best way to yield favorable results.

When you network with people at your own level, it is a fairly straightforward affair – you can make contact with them through social media, meet with them for coffee or lunch, or just get together to talk about your experiences.

But things get a little more complicated when you try to connect with people at the top of the business food chain. These are people with great demands on their time. Their inboxes are filled with requests to meet, sometimes numbering in the hundreds. So getting together for coffee is out of the question. You need to give these people a good reason for wanting to meet with you.

In other words, you need to be able to offer them something for their time. If you want to receive, you first have to give. What can you do to help them?

You need to show your value up front. You need to do it quickly and concisely because a top business person is not going to have the time to patiently read through a request. So, if you want to show your value to a person, you need to first do some research about him or her. You need to show the individual that you know about his or her work and have put some hard thinking into determining how you can help this person.

For example, when one aspiring business writer wanted to meet with a well-known business author, he proposed a meeting to show the author how to develop a promotional video and how to develop an online network for his books.

Networking is one of the most important skills you can develop in searching for a job or moving up the career ladder. But it is important that you know how to do it in the best way possible – by understanding how to establish a relationship and showing your value.

When looking for work in the Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, Lake Oswego, Tacoma, or Chicago areas, one of your first steps should be to contact the recruiters at the Opti Staffing Group. We can help you find work with some of top employers in the cities names above. Contact us today.

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