By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)–Whether you are a recent graduate looking for your first big job or looking to switch up mid career, networking has become an essential component for landing the job you want and deserve. Michael D. Brown, author of the recent book Fresh PASSION: Get a Brand or Die a Generic, is a career consultant who has helped hundreds of individuals, leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, military personnel managers and college students transition into careers that they like getting up for every day. Brown focuses on helping clients best market their qualities to prospective employers through creating their own competitive and powerful personal brands – and learning how to network effectively is an integral part of that. In informative commentary (either via phone or email) Brown will help your readers on the job hunt develop their professional networking skills, expanding upon the following points:
- Social media has changed the networking landscape, particularly LinkedIn: Many people rely on their LinkedIn network for referrals, introductions, reviews, and references, all of which come in handy when you are looking for a job.
- Anyone you deal with professionally should be added to your LinkedIn network; even if your contact with them was short; you are trying to grow your network, so add people constantly.
- Create an official contact in your email address for anyone you deal with and put as much information in there as you can gather You want to be able to find the contact information for these people easily, so make a record and fill it out as completely as possible.
- Focus on Growth and think about all the people you encounter on a daily basis – grab a business card or search for them on LinkedIn if there is any chance you can call on them professionally in the future.
- Cast a Wide Net: Don’t be limiting in who you add to your network. You never know when you may need to talk to someone in an industry completely separate from your own, and you never know when you may change career paths.
- Ask for Help: Don’t be afraid to ask someone in your network to introduce you to someone who’s currently outside your network. This is business, and people will be happy to connect you to someone who can help; you are opening doors for them just as much as you are for yourself.