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Building Your Professional Network-Beyond the Social Media Maze


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Building Your Professional Network-Beyond the Social Media Maze

  1. BUILDING YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK FROM THEGROUND UP Today we will learn how to: • Create a professional network • Expand the network • Maintain the network • Feed the network • Harvest from the network
  2. WHAT IS A NETWORK?• Collection of collaborating colleagues?• People who power your professional purpose?• A power group of professionals, connected by various types of contacts, that work together to help each other?• “an association of individuals having a common interest, formed to provide mutual assistance, helpful information, or the like”
  3. PURPOSE OF A NETWORKVerb: “to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position.”Find professional resources
  4. WHERE TO START1. List each Note: Every professional or colleague for these student position positions is you have held in important. Whether your field, the person is a including manager, a volunteer or coworker, or a society offices. receptionist, they2. List the can be a valuable colleagues with asset in your whom you are network. currently in contact with for each position.
  5. STOP!Include social contacts too!
  6. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM3. Where would Note: Do not beyou like to see shy about who youyour career in 5 list here! Includeyears? people you have4. List the people never met inin your community person, if needed.who are close to You have to reachthat goal or have high to climb thatthe power to help ladder!you reach it. (Link-ups)
  7. GET READY TO COOK5. List Your Topics of Expertise• Tools• Techniques• Topic expertise• Service expertise• Contacts with expertise
  8. HOW ARE YOU NETWORKING?6. List Your Current Note: It’s important to Methods of make sure you are Exposure aware of every• Email lists method of exposure you are using. Each• Networking sites one needs to be (LinkedIn, etc.) maintained regularly.• Professional forums• Networking meetings• Resume sites• Teaching workshops or classes
  9. NOW WHAT?What do technical communicators do best? Take uncoordinated bits of data andturn them into something intelligible! We’ll start with our people…
  10. REACHING THE TOP June J Bill A KC Position 1 Jane C Jim G Lance R Amy L Terry K Amy’s Vice Position 2 Manager President Ankur G Bill C
  11. COLD CALLINGWhat do you do ifyou don’t have alink?Cold callingSend an invitation to an event or lunch
  12. NETWORK MAINTENANCE• Interact regularly-on sites, in email, on the phone• Regular chatter, answer questions, ask questions• Regular updates that showcase your professional expertise• Gather with local contacts regularly in person-meetings or lunches
  13. NETWORKING SITES & RESOURCESRESOURCES TO USE• LinkedIn• FaceBook? Really?• Twitter•• Your phone
  14. NETWORKING LUNCHT H E C O N TA C T Y O U THE CONTACT YOU DON’T KNOWKNOW• Arrange regular • Invite them to a one-on- lunches with local one with you or as a contacts speaker to a group• Invite a large event such as a regular enough group that networking meeting absences aren’t a • Have questions ready problem about their work• Rotate who brings • Always send a physical the main topic of thank you note and discussion email• Rotate locations • Follow up with a phone call to repeat with a one- on-one again
  15. FEED THE NETWORK• Answer questions from contacts• When someone needs a professional need filled, help them• Post your professional needs to your contacts, particularly jobs• Always say thank you
  16. HARVESTING FROM THE NETWORKWhy are we in the network?To harvest! Jobs, work, resourcesWhen you are in need, contact your network firstA well-fed network will get to work for you.
  17. ACTION PLAN1. Build on your list of colleagues2. Meet up with your contacts3. Contact your link-up contacts that can help you reach your goals. Ask one or more of them to be your mentor.4. Review all of your current methods of exposure for outdated information.5. Get your name out with your expertise.6. Start feeding the network!
  18. CONTACTJenna Moore, Past President of STC Carolinajtigerheart@gmail.comLinkedIn: jenna3