Military Networking vs Civilian Networking

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Networking is absolutely essential these days to find a better job or to generate new business and it is extends beyond the basics of business card swapping. You must go out of your way to cultivate a …

Networking is absolutely essential these days to find a better job or to generate new business and it is extends beyond the basics of business card swapping. You must go out of your way to cultivate a relationship, however innocuous, so that person will think of you first when a business opportunity presents itself.

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  • 1. MILITARY NETWORKING VS.CIVILIAN NETWORKINGThe differences between networking in the military andnetworking in the civilian sector.
  • 2. 1. The Internet – Most of us haveprofiles on varying socialmedia networks where we caninteract with ourfriends, referral partners andour customers.And, there are any number of people who have created theirown websites to highlight their skill set as well as provide a littlebiographical information to create a pleasing profile that looksattractive to potential customers and clients. Takingthis idea, you can than email your website with a cleveremail introduction to the people in your email address book andask them to forward it to other people. Personalrecommendations via this type of networking can work for you.
  • 3. 2. Use Chamber of Commerce connections – MostChamber of Commerce entities around the countryhave many networking nights and there are alwaysmany people in the community who attend.Volunteer your services for setting upthe event or manning the check-incounter where name badges arehanded out. You can meet quite afew people and match faces tonames. I have another article herethat highlights the Top TenNetworking Tips for ActiveDuty, Veterans and MilitarySpouses.Please click here to see that article.
  • 4. 3. Create a date – Once you have met a fewnetworking contacts and you want to further therelationship, make a date for coffee, drinks, oreven a sports venue like playing tennis, golf, ortaking a tai chi class together.There is nothing like sweating together to forgestronger bonds! And, don’t limit yourself to justthese types of events. I found attending highprofile fund-raisers in my community to beespecially helpful in forging new connections.
  • 5. 4. Send notes or thoughtful tokens – Establishingnew ties with contacts is great but you have to stayin their thoughts periodicallyso they think of you later.Send them a note of thanks or a magazine article you think theymight be interested in and is pertinent to their field of interest.This shows that you are attentive and interested, and worthexpending a little more effort on.
  • 6. In this day and age oftechnology, it is great to utilizethese advances but you shouldnever forget that the oldfashioned, personal touch is agreat choice too in networking.Just a few minutes out of your dayto maintain networking ties cantranslate into a great job down theroad. As, I’ve “tweeted” repeatedlyon Twitter, “social media is greatbut there is still nothing likepressing flesh.”
  • 7. Hi, Im Deanna Wharwood and Im known as the VeteransCoach. I help active duty, veterans and their families transitionfrom military life to their dream life through a proven process oftransition assistance coaching and small business start up. Imnot a mental health professional. However, I believed that itwas important to get this information to our community.If you feel I can be of service to you, helping you and yourfamily transition from military life, find jobs you love, or startyour own business, contact me on DeannaWharwood.com.More importantly, please share this information with those whomay need it. And..."Welcome Home!"Best,Deanna