Networking is a healthy life skill that’s not just for people in management roles. It’s for everyone. When I speak with people about networking, some shy away from the concept as it’s seemingly daunting. Comments such as, ‘Nothing could be worse than going to an event and having to make small talk with people.’ I’ll pop some resources at the end of this post with useful networking information for people who feel this way or are more introverted. Continue reading
When I meet new people in a professional setting I often ask if they are on LinkedIn. They may be a potential client, someone who can add value to my business or a job seeker I’m working with. LinkedIn is a professional networking site and many companies use this tool as a means of recruiting staff.
When it comes to landing a job, your LinkedIn profile acts as the online version of your resume. I’m going to share with you eight ways to build up your profile so you get noticed by potential employers. Continue reading
One of my goals this year is to build more local relationships and connections through networking. Networking can come to some people naturally, but for others it can be daunting. I would rate myself in the middle whereby I like to be social, yet it takes some self-talk and planning to get me out to market my business.
I plan my networking activity by listing who I’d like to connect with and how will I go about it. Whether I’m cold calling on recruitment firms, attending a community event, or inviting people on LinkedIn for a coffee meeting, at some point a face to face discussion will need to take place. Here’s where more planning needs to be done – preparing what to say.
The last few weeks I’ve been super busy juggling my business activities between working with clients, marketing via social media, preparing presentation slides, responding to emails and building my professional contacts. All important and exciting stuff to keep my business moving forward and thankfully my efforts are paying off! I’ve started working with some local people to hone their job search skills, I’m presenting to graduate librarians on interview techniques and I’ve joined a local think tank. I attribute these recent successes to networking. Continue reading
Equipped with a fabulous resume and a well-written cover letter, you’ve been busy submitting applications for that perfect job, but frustratingly the phone isn’t ringing. When you’re in-between jobs or returning to work after a break, seeking employment can test one’s patience and feel disheartening.
So, how do you manage to stay positive in your job search? Here are my top five techniques: Continue reading
When I set up my career coaching business 18 months ago I was so busy mastering the basics of bookkeeping that not much thought was given to my branding. I was good a working through my lists, setting up resources and planning how to market, but I hadn’t considered my message about what I do. Continue reading