Networking

Daily Tip: Networking for Folks Who Hate Networking

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Everybody always says that the best way to build out your professional connections is to network as much as humanly possible. But many shy people would rather walk over a hundred yards of broken glass than strike up conversation after conversation with strangers. Fortunately, a few simple tips can make networking a little easier for introverts and others who hate to schmooze: Smile: When you smile, you attract people to you. A smile suggests confidence. There’s even some scientific research… continue…

Unemployed? Networking May Be the Charm

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When you’ve been out of a job for a while, you begin to wonder if you’ll ever work again. Kerin Walsh, a Massachusetts-based tech professional with B.S. and M.A. degrees in electrical engineering, was in her late 40’s and at the top of her game when the bottom fell out of her career. Walsh always had a good job in her field and wasn’t prepared for such a dramatic turnaround. Out of the office for the first time in years,… continue…

Where College Students Can Find Mentors

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Tip of the Day Mentors can help college students find the right niche in technology and link up to a ready-made network of industry contacts. So where do you find them? School mentorship programs are an option, but they won’t always do the trick. Sometimes you’ll have to look beyond your college campus. To start, check out trade associations at the state and local level. They often offer programs for students including discounted memberships, scholarships, conferences, mentor-matching and networking. Click… continue…

Networking’s About What Happens AFTER You Meet People

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Tip of the Day A common myth has it that networking is all about meeting people. Truth is, it’s more about what you do after you’ve been introduced to someone. In other words, how many people you know isn’t as important as how well you communicate with them—or what you do for them. You need to consistently communicate. It makes no sense to get all that great personal contact information and then not talk to a person for a year.… continue…

Tips for Becoming a Better Networker

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In his new column in Baseline magazine, Dice President Shravan Goli talks about professional networking: “I think of networking as part basic socializing and part insurance: a bench of peers to reach out to when I’m interested in finding a new position, solving a complex problem or just learning about what’s emerging technically.” Networking, in other words, needs to be a continuous process, one that goes beyond face-to-face meetings over drinks or coffee. Office visits, volunteer opportunities, group lunches, and… continue…

You Should Network In-House, Too

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Tip of the Day Building a network within your company can be as important to your success as developing contacts outside. Your colleagues can help you learn more about the business, offer informed guidance about politically sticky situations and help you meet people beyond your normal circle. As you go about developing relationships, be sure to pay attention to your company’s culture. In some businesses, relentless networking could brand you as a cutthroat while in others you might be lauded… continue…

Here’s the Key to Successful Networking

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Tip of the Day Networking isn’t about meeting people… It’s about helping people. You can’t tap perfect strangers on the shoulder and expect them to do you a favor. So don’t just meet someone new so you can ask them for help. Offer your own by sharing job leads and news, providing testimonials and introducing people. Being thoughtful is a part of this. Send congratulatory notes for accomplishments and thank-you notes when someone gives you a referral. If you spend… continue…

2 Networking Tricks for Shy People

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Tip of the Day You don’t have to be the life of the party to have a vibrant network. Select the formats and venues where you’re the most comfortable, and get the ball rolling by building a small circle of contacts. If you’re uncomfortable by yourself, go with a friend or colleague. That way, you can break the ice by making introductions and engaging in small group conversations. You may find it’s easier to get started by remembering that everyone’s… continue…

One Way to Lessen the Stress of Networking

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Tip of the Day If you hate the idea of networking, think about lunch. Meeting someone for a meal–or coffee, or a drink after work–is a low-stress way to create and maintain a relationship that could pay off for you down the road. When you ask someone out to lunch, you rarely have to provide them with much of a reason beyond “exchanging ideas” or “learning more about your company.” Those are pretty low-pressure statements, and you’re really not asking… continue…

Your Network’s About Your Career, Not Your Job

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  Tip of the Day Too many people think networks are only about finding jobs. While that’s one part of it, the better way to think about your network is that it will help you grow your job and career. Click here to see software engineering jobs. The first thing you need to do to build your network: actively acquire people. This is not adding whoever pops up on Google+ or having 5,000 friends on Facebook. Instead, decide who you… continue…