Networking for Success
All of you, the jobseekers and the employeesdevelop your interpersonal
relationships is a must, in career it means developing your
networking. Heres the information How is the networking for
NETWORKING FOR SUCCESS
Be assertive and proactive.
the initiative to establish conversations. If this not your strength, use
networking to learn and develop it. The networking experience itself will
provide the practice; you just need to provide the motivation, commitment, and
Present yourself with confidence.
Create and rehearse a
brief introduction of who you are, a summary of your professional experience
and/or personal interests. Consider an achievement of yours that others would be
interested in, especially if its relevant to the networking topic. In
addition, pay attention to the image you are communicating by dressing
professionally or appropriately for the occasion.
Formalize the networking experience
Conduct research to
determine which networks would best
suit your needs. Set a goal to introduce yourself to at least 5-10 people at
every networking event you attend. Use your business card or develop one if you
dont have one-to exchange with others. And establish a record-keeping system,
such as a card file, to use when needed.
Increase your visibility
Attend meetings, join
organizations, volunteer, work on committees.
Practice active listening
Networking is about
mutuality, so be a good listener, not just a talker. Try listening twice as much
as you speak.
Consider everyone you meet a contact
Smile, strike up
conversations, look for opportunities to exchange information. Be ever-ready to
promote yourself and support others.
Open windows when door close
If an employer
doesnt give you the job you want, try opening a window of opportunity by
keeping in touch and sending updated resume periodically. Another link in your
network can never hurt.
Use the grapevine.
It is believed that 75
percent of the information circulated through gossip and rumor is founded in
fact. However, since it is heavily peppered with the perceptions and
interpretations of others, be sure to verify the information you get this way
before acting on it. Be careful with information you receive this way, but
dont underestimate the power of the grapevine.
This can be done
through Web sites of professional associations (such as BiNusCareer.com), or
informally through chat rooms and list servers. While the format for networking
online is quite different, the benefits and opportunities are the same.
Trust the process
Networking can eventually lead to opportunities. Be
optimistic and keep the process going by attending meetings and nurturing
So Try for making
your own networking and get
lucky from it
from Newsweek June 2000 edition)
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