How to Network Your Way Into a New Job

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Navigating the ways to find a new job through networking, social media and the hidden job market

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  • Talk to everyone – not just family and friends – but move beyond that to friends of family, family of friends, work colleagues, church, school, grocery shopping, online pals, groups, workshop attendees - everyone
  • Introverts can network too! Smile and listen Tell people how you can help them then go and actually help them Problem solver - – analyze the needs of the employer, recruiter or contact Work towards goals – one week, one month, 3 months – etc – realistic goals Use Jibber Jobber to keep track of everything you need – contacts, emails, dates, phone numbers, companies, ideas, etc.
  • Practice networking all the time – be persistent Talk to everyone - and everyone that your network knows Prof orgs – related to your field Social Skills – maintain eye contact, have a good firm handshake – web to web Know when to speak – and when to remain quiet
  • Professional at all times - no drunken pictures on Facebook Join groups - resource centres, immigration & support groups
  • Better to be interested in other people than to be interesting – they will like you more and want to talk to you to get to know you Blog comments or questions LinkedIn – comments on discussions, answer questions in the Ask Questions section – put in questions at least once a month Twitter – make comments pithy and real
  • Profile – what you can do, why you are good at it & why they should consider / interview / hire you Comment on discussions and ask questions Use advanced search to find contacts or companies and information that you need in your job search u
  • Register – webinars, groups holding regular events for job seekers, anything Blog - to your field Email - old friends, acquaintances, contacts, former work colleagues
  • Noticed - by potential employers & recruiters Shyness - – let them (employer or contact) talk about themselves - they will love YOU THE GOOD LISTENER
  • Ability to move ahead in company when noticed Answers or being able to obtain answers Easier to connect with more people in your field and on the periphery of your field – the edge
  • Preparation for job, company, interview - research the company, the customers, the collaborators, and the competition Potential employer - what you can do for the company – based on your research
  • How to Network Your Way Into a New Job

    1. 1. How to Network Your Way Into a New Job Presentation for General Dynamics Canada Michelle J. Iseman November 2010
    2. 2. Game Plan <ul><li>So, Why Network?????? </li></ul><ul><li>Who and what is Queen Schmooze? </li></ul><ul><li>What is networking? </li></ul><ul><li>How to network? </li></ul><ul><li>Effective ways to network </li></ul><ul><li>Why should the job seeker network? </li></ul><ul><li>Return on Investment </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul>November 2010 Page 2 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    3. 3. Who and What is Queen Schmooze <ul><ul><li>Michelle J. Iseman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications background </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Branded as Queen Schmooze </li></ul><ul><li>Re-Positioning Strategist, Personal Branding and Profiling Coach: </li></ul><ul><li>When You Want to STAND Out in a Crowd </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitator – connecting ideas for people </li></ul><ul><li>Help for job seekers, career changers, & entrepreneurs </li></ul>November 2010 Page 3 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    4. 4. What is Networking <ul><li>Gathering information </li></ul><ul><li>Needs analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Listening for clues </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzing your market share </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating your strengths to outside world – the pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Can be done anywhere at anytime </li></ul>November 2010 Page 4 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    5. 5. Networking Takes Work <ul><li>Talking to different people all the time </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your networking in motion at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting with people – in person, online, email, on the phone, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Making an effort to be seen and heard </li></ul><ul><li>Put in the time to network </li></ul><ul><li>Use tools and information available to you </li></ul>November 2010 Page 5 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    6. 6. <ul><li>Can be done by anyone </li></ul><ul><li>Tell people you can help them then do it </li></ul><ul><li>Become a problem solver </li></ul><ul><li>Set goals and really work towards them </li></ul><ul><li>Use tools like Jibber Jobber to track your network, everyone & everything </li></ul>How to Network November 2010 Page 6 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    7. 7. How to Network <ul><li>How to Network video from www.howcast.com </li></ul>November 2010 Page 7 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    8. 8. Effective Networking <ul><li>Practice networking </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to everyone you know </li></ul><ul><li>Join professional orgs </li></ul><ul><li>Use good social skills </li></ul><ul><li>Get business or calling cards </li></ul><ul><li>LISTEN attentively to potential mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Know when to speak </li></ul>November 2010 Page 8 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    9. 9. Social Media Networking <ul><li>Use social networking sites like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn, Plaxo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter, Facebook, Ning, MySpace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>StumbleUpon, Technorati </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>del.icio.us, RSS Feeds, Card.ly, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create online profile that has SEO – Search Engine Optimization </li></ul><ul><li>Be professional at ALL times </li></ul><ul><li>Join groups everywhere </li></ul>November 2010 Page 9 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    10. 10. Notice Me <ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Read blogs related to your field & make comments </li></ul><ul><li>Join LinkedIn & Facebook groups -comment on discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Use Twitter & make relevant comments </li></ul><ul><li>Create a killer profile & put it up everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>GET NOTICED </li></ul>November 2010 Page 10 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    11. 11. Using LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com <ul><li>Create a great profile </li></ul><ul><li>Professional-looking photo & accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Update your status regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>Join groups relevant to your field </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on your contacts status updates </li></ul><ul><li>Update your blog entries or books you read </li></ul>November 2010 Page 11 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    12. 12. Using Twitter – www.twitter.com <ul><li>When trying to get people to search for you as a job seeker follow these simple tweet tips: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep it simple and relevant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make it search friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use short URL’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t oversell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use questions as tweets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep your eyes open for competition </li></ul></ul>November 2010 Page 12 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    13. 13. Using Facebook – www.facebook.com <ul><li>Keep profile clean and humble </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t post silly pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Post URL’s of interesting items </li></ul><ul><li>Keep comments brief and be careful what you post </li></ul><ul><li>Link to your online profiles – LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for relevant groups to join </li></ul><ul><li>Expand your network beyond friends </li></ul>November 2010 Page 13 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    14. 14. Other Ways to Network <ul><li>Attend conferences, workshops, seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Register with organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Write a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Write a paper to be delivered at an event </li></ul><ul><li>Email everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Pick up the phone and call – cold or warm </li></ul><ul><li>Join and listen to podcasts online </li></ul>November 2010 Page 14 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    15. 15. Why Network <ul><li>Increase your chance of being noticed </li></ul><ul><li>Build your reputation and brand </li></ul><ul><li>Chance to confer on projects </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt when other techniques don’t work </li></ul><ul><li>Use your SHYNESS to your advantage </li></ul><ul><li>SMILE at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t argue – you want to get noticed for the right reasons </li></ul>November 2010 Page 15 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    16. 16. Why Network <ul><li>Colleagues see you as a valuable supply of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Enhances your ability to </li></ul><ul><li>get noticed </li></ul><ul><li>Become well known in your </li></ul><ul><li>field </li></ul><ul><li>Find resources for yourself & others </li></ul><ul><li>Growing your network makes it easier to connect to potential jobs in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Create connections for others </li></ul>November 2010 Page 16 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    17. 17. What Job Seekers Can Do <ul><li>Find different ways that YOU can stand out – how you can help the company </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that you have some great recommendations on LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Do your preparation - create a </li></ul><ul><li>job strategy plan </li></ul><ul><li>Create a presentation for </li></ul><ul><li>a potential employer </li></ul><ul><li>Stay connected </li></ul>November 2010 Page 17 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    18. 18. Return on Investment <ul><li>Faster chance to move up the ladder while already employed </li></ul><ul><li>Standing out gets you noticed </li></ul><ul><li>Bigger network means more opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Grow your knowledge base </li></ul><ul><li>Chances to get hired are better, faster, easier </li></ul><ul><li>You feel connected & positive! </li></ul>November 2010 Page 18 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©
    19. 19. Follow-Up <ul><li>Thank you for listening </li></ul><ul><li>Questions ?? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: www.twitter.com/QueenSchmooze </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> @QueenSchmooze </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website: http://queenschmooze.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/michellejiseman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook: www.facebook.com/QueenSchmooze </li></ul></ul>November 2010 Page 19 of 19 queenschmooze.com How to Network Your Way into a New Job ©

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