Hispanic News Colleagues,
Using a network of trusted relationships to advance your career may sound a bit selfish to the uninitiated.
But for those who “get it”, those trusted friends will be more than happy to support you in your job search efforts. Why? Most likely, it’s because you’ve already supported them in some area of need that they’ve expressed to you. By being “first out of the gate”, you’ve established yourself as someone with credibility and sincerity. By maintaining the relationship over time, you’ve established yourself as someone with a solid dimension of trust and reliability. Most likely, people in your network who have been treated with this level of respect will actually LOOK for ways to help and support you in your time of need.
Building a “warm, trusted network” is the key to finding your next job. In the new methodology we will be presenting in this program, you will leverage the power of your connections and relationships (and the integrity of your entire network) to advance your career.
ASSESS THE STRENGTH OF YOUR NETWORK
Find the trends, patterns and peculiarities of your network.
Since you will be depending on the depth and integrity of your personal network to help you “network your way” to your next position, it’s a good idea to see what kind of shape it’s in right now.
Examine the categories of network health below and then assign yourself a number which, in your view, captures an honest assessment of your strength (or deficiency) in that area.
Scoring: 5 = excellent; 4 = above average; 3 = average; 2 = below average; 1 = poor
1 Relative Size
2 # LinkedIn Level 1’s
3 Strength of connections
4 Frequency of addition
5 Requests for support I *
6 Requests for support O **
7 Frequency of pinging
8 Overall health
* I = Inbound requests (requests made TO you by others)
** O = Outbound requests (requests made BY you to others)
*** Relationship Mgt Tool (e.g., JibberJobber, Excel spreadsheet, etc…)
Own Your Career and Keep Networking alive,
Motivational Speaker, Master Networker, Career Strategist,
Radio Show Host, Corporate Trainer and Author
Own Your Career Radio Show – Mondays at 9:00 PM (ET)