18 Job Networking Tips That Can Make A Difference In Your Career

18 Job Networking Tips That Can Make A Difference In Your Career
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It is not a question of whether you should be networking with other people. It is a question of how to effectively spend your time and energy. Focusing, Planning and aligning with your mission and goals will result in a more effective and enjoyable networking experience. It is a lifelong process that helps define who you are and how you are perceived by others. These 18 Networking Tips can make a difference in your career if you follow them.

  1. Allocate SPECIFIC Calendar time to networking.
  2. List all the physical places and online places you can network.
  3. Get a Business Card and Respond within 24 hours with a contact
  4. Engage assertively at networking events
  5. Make your first impression count.
  6. Be a Great Listener. A conversation means listening and then talking.
  7. Practice Your 20 Second Elevator Pitch
  8. Be positive and professional
  9. Demonstrate confidence not arrogance.
  10. Be sincere.
  11. Remember this is not a drinking party with some of your football buddies.
  12. Avoid overselling yourself.
  13. Ask the other person what you can do for them.
  14. Ask for their business card.
  15. Express your appreciation.
  16. Measure quality and quantity of  your networking activites::# of events, Linkedin Connections
  17. Change and enhance your networks over time.
  18. Follow-up with network players before you need them.

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