The power of networking is often referred to as the power of ten. If you’ve reached out to ten of your contacts, and they in turn reach out to ten of their contact on your behalf, you’ve just reached one hundred people. That’s pretty powerful. You might be seeking an ideal candidate for a position you’re seeking to fill within your division or company or you might well be in the market for a new career position for yourself. Don’t underestimate the power of networking.
Maintaining a solid professional reputation is critical. The foundation for this is exceeding expectations in your own job, working with integrity and empowering those around you. Protect your network. Think twice about referring individuals to your contacts. Does this individual have a strong work ethic? Are they team players that show respect for coworkers? When making a referral, this individual becomes a reflection of you. Be generous but be cautious. Don’t just collect contacts, stay in touch with them. Make a weekly to do list. Reach out to three contacts each week just to touch base. This might be in the form of an email to update them on your new position or an invitation to get together for lunch.
When meeting with professional contacts, always put your best foot forward. Take advantage of the savings offered by Groupon coupons and make an appointment at a hair salon to update your style. Keep your business wardrobe in top condition. This means making the commitment to invest in quality pieces that will anchor your wardrobe and present a strong business image. The most important thing you can wear when meeting those in your business network is a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence. Good luck on developing and maintaining your network.