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Professionals who are extroverts are better equipped than introverts to form social connections, right? After all, they’re outgoing and more comfortable talking with strangers. Wrong. Contrary to popular opinion, anybody can master the art of connecting with others. It’s more of a skill than an innate talent. Even the most introverted of introverts, naturally shy about approaching people, can learn to network successfully. READ MORE AT...
Gone are the days when professional networking was limited to occasional tech conferences or job-hunting activities. Today, successful networkers set out to create a fabric of peer collaborators, technical experts, friends and senior advisors who help them solve problems, foster creativity and innovation and even find emerging career opportunities. In fact, data shows that networking offers advantages and benefits that are too great to...
Networking is a leadership skill that combines meeting new people and supporting existing relationships. It’s also about how to reach out to people in your network to get the help you need.  Growing your network is more than just collecting contact information. It’s important to actually get to know your new connections. An effective approach is to ask questions, share things about yourself, and look for ways to offer help. Here are five...
There are multiple ways to land a job. Applying online, of course, is one of them. You can also talk to people in your community, such as friends and family, to tap into the hidden job market, or openings that aren’t publicly listed. Another way to find job opportunities is to network. If you build relationships around your professional life the right way, you won’t have always have to go looking for jobs down the line. People will already...
Building a strong professional network is crucial for both personal and career growth, said Anshul Agrawal, director, Mysore Deep Perfumery House & ZedBlack. This is regardless of whether you’re employed, running a business or navigating student life. “The saying ‘your network is your net worth’ holds true,” he added. Nevertheless, embarking on the journey of building a professional network can appear daunting, with questions like...
When an entrepreneur is just starting out, connecting with the local community helps set their new business up for success. Establishing a loyal client base and developing connections are central to building a local presence in a small market, but growth may be limited if other markets aren't considered as well. In fact, expanding to customers and investors in larger city markets can open up a breadth of new opportunities that will take a...
To get ahead in your career, you have to find the right people to surround yourself with. Networking is something that many of us do without even thinking about it, but for others, it can feel a bit awkward. Trying to “sell” yourself, your ideas, and your work ethic to others can be intimidating. Learn how to network like a pro using these favorite tips, and start making the connections you need with ease. READ MORE AT RICHMOND...
As the holiday season approaches, the air is filled with festive tunes and the scent of cinnamon-spiced treats. It’s a time of joy, celebration, and, surprisingly, an excellent opportunity for job seekers, self-employed professionals, and those already employed to supercharge their networking efforts. So, let’s unwrap the reasons why holiday time is the best time to network and infuse some jingle into your mingle! READ MORE AT VISTA TODAY
Layoffs are common at the end of the year, but this time also presents unique opportunities for job-seekers. Being laid off is always tough, but especially so around the holidays. Just ask the Citigroup (C) employees who learned they were being let go the week before Thanksgiving. But there's a small silver lining to losing your job at this time of year. December is actually a great time to build your network and get noticed by recruiters....
Networking holds the key to job-search success. Whether you’re applying for a promotion internally or seeking a job elsewhere, the way you approach contacts will make a huge difference to your success. There is an art to reaching out to the right person with the right message and the right pitch. READ MORE AT FAST COMPANY
To some, networking seems self-serving and insincere. For others, it's downright scary and uncomfortable. And if you consider yourself an introvert, it can be even more daunting. No one wants to feel uncomfortable when catching up with a college buddy or former colleague. But one thing is certain. Networking is necessary to get ahead—especially when changing careers. READ MORE AT FORBES
In the dynamic landscape of professional growth, the ability to turn casual conversations into strategic stepping-stones is a skill that can change the trajectory of your career. These often-overlooked everyday interactions hold untapped potential. Fostering meaningful connections and leveraging networking opportunities is about mastering the art of turning conversations into opportunities. READ MORE AT FORBES