Just picked up a book off Ebay called "The Networking Survival Guide" by Diane Darling.http://tinyurl.com/aqs6rI am horrible at networking. Horrible. Terrible. And as usual, I am about to start job hunting with no real network in place. I got this book hoping it could get me started. There are some elementary points in the book, but it helps to be reminded of them. She also pointed out some things that I had never thought about. Anyway, just thought I would recommend it to those who are as lost as I am when it comes to networking.ARR
There are online tools to make networking easier. One of them is LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.comMany people are receptive to signing up and being a member of your "network". And if you search the site, you might find people you already know. Particularly if you're in the IT or financial industry.The key to networking is the ability to approach people you've never met with your individual pitch. If you can do that in a friendly and fun way, and not in way that sounds as if you're a salesman, you'll be a great networker. Phony statistic: 9 out of 10 people will listen to at least your initial pitch.Good luck,Calpinist
You have to be invited to LinkedIn. If you want an invitation, please reply to me via email.FuskieWho will run a background check then invite you to join his network...
I'm a member of LinkedIn, although I haven't really found any way to utilize it. If anyone wants to be considered for membership in my network, I'm all ears. :-)
Although I have not used LinkedIn in any active way, I signed up for the service for the following reasons.I can stay in touch with current and former co-workers no matter whether we knew/know each others private e-mail addresses. This would have come in especially handy when 106 of us were laid off one day and had no way of contacting each other.Associates, people whom I do not regularly interact with yet have professional contact with (consultants, officers or personnel of other companies, clients) can contact me as well as read a little bit more about me.The CEO of another company was the one who surprised me with an invitation to connect via LinkedIn. If a CEO seeks little ole me out, then maybe it is worth a few minutes of my time to set up and maintain a LinkedIn account.
As I said, my network is open to all Fools. It is free, it does not result in junk email, and should be seen as a tool, not a means to an end.FuskieWho was only kidding about the background check...
Are all of the networks free?I would love to join your network BTW.ARR
If anyone wants to be considered for membership in my network, I'm all ears. :-) Me!ARR
Just reply via email.FuskieWho is humming Inch by inch, Row by row, Gonna make my network grow...
I think I'm interested ... the site seemed like it could be useful. I'm an engineer (an EE) that's been doing signal processing work related to missile defense for the last 8 years and lately think I need to make a change (maybe even a different career).Jim
I set up a linked in account a while back when a friend (who had been laid off) invited me. I also have been sort of at a loss as to how useful it is. But I didn't get the dreaded spam. (Even the fool gets a bit agressive with their spam sometimes)I wholeheartedly agree with the previous response about helping others who need networking as an excellent way to build a solid network. You may never need it, but you're planting a seed. People are most receptive to becoming part of your personal network when they're most in need of a network. Hey Fuskey, maybe I'll drop you an e-mail and join your network.One of these days, . . . who knows.later,C
OK,I give up.How do I send you an e-mail?I couldn't find your e-mail addy, and I don't know how to PM on this board.I found you on linked-in. But I don't have a premium account, and we seem to be more than 4 degrees separated. (Guess neither of us is Kevin Bacon)C
Fuskie,Could I join your network? I suspect that over the next 18-24 months that my company will be playing the lay-off game. Although I've dodged these bullets in the past, I don't want to make the mistake of getting overly confident!Thanks,Jim
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