Networking Can Be Fun...Promise

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Networking Can Be Fun...Promise

  1. 1. NETWORKING IS FUN...NO REALLY, IT IS HOW TO LEVERAGE YOUR CONNECTIONS - ONLINE AND OFFLINE – TO GET A JOB YOU LOVE
  2. 2. OVERVIEW• Telling your story (craft your elevator pitch) • What not to talk about (hint: its yourself)• A Quick Case Study: Whitney• Because Networking Makes You Want to Vom: Ashley• Crafting Good Networking Emails• Building Your Online, Social Network• 10 Dos and Donts
  3. 3. YOUR PITCH AND WHAT TO TALKABOUT• Know Your Superhero Story• Have a Call to Action• Be Positive• Ask Questions• Find a Way to Help• Know When to Shut-up
  4. 4. OFFLINE TECHNIQUESWhitneys case study: Moved to a new cityduring recession and hiring freeze -- Very fewprofessional contacts. Landed a job after 30conversations and 3 visits. Heres how:• Targeted list of top employers• Linkedin research• Cold emails to ask for information session• Ask for introductions at end• Key: Persistence, Know What You Want
  5. 5. OFFLINE TECHNIQUESIf Networking makes you want to vom...• Spend little time focusing on titles• Just connect with people• Dont let the jerks bother you• Remember, its not a one-off
  6. 6. HOW TO CRAFT A KILLERNETWORKING EMAIL• Make a connection• Explain who you are — succinctly• Flattery gets you everywhere• Get over your age• Make a specific request
  7. 7. 10 DOS AND DONTSDO• Schedule Information sessions (informal conversations). They are an incredibly powerful tool• Always ask for 2 additional connections at the end of meetings• Find some common ground to warm up the connection when sending cold emails• Treat all talks about your career like an interview (dont pour your heart out -- know your agenda)• Use information from your convo. to tailor it, and attach it to your follow-up email.
  8. 8. 10 DOS AND DONTSDONT• Ask to connect with people without context. Always give context...whether its an online or offline connection• Lose track of what youre trying to do, which is build a relationship. Listen to people. The goal is not a business card• Make a connection and then let it go cold. You never know how or when each contact in your network could help you. Keep people updated and check in!• Make the person who youre asking for help work hard to help you. Make it as easy as possible for them.• Ever be hesitant to introduce yourself to someone.
  9. 9. CONNECT WITH US Ashley Hoffman @ashleyhoffman Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/ashleychoffman Whitney Parker @whitneymparker Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/whitneyparker
  10. 10. JOIN US FOR NETWORKROULETTE• Speed networking online• Timed, chat-based conversations• Practice: your pitch, asking questions• Starting right now!http://www.brazencareerist.com/network-roulette/nr_findajobyoulove

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