Apr 21

Techniques of faith in Networking to Build Relationships

10 Transferable Career & Employment Networking Techniques using your “Faith” to Build Relationships

Networking is relationship-building! Your network consists of people you’ve met (either in person or online) — and you build your network by going out and meeting more people. Many people understand building relationships when it comes to online dating and pursuing “hook-ups” but don’t seem to have a clue when it comes to building career & employment networks! You pursue what you prioritize! 
How do use your faith, to meet people to add to your network? The same way you do on those online dating/matchmaking sites!!
You first signup to become involved, and then began to add “friends!” Every online site has a network of “friends” (current networks) that you pursue.
It is often amazing to me that many people can “see” how to pursue relationships online, yet can’t seem to transfer this skill of networking to the arena of personal career pursuits!
1. Ask members of your “current network” (ie: those online matchmaking/dating sites)… for referrals. No easier exists way to expand your network than to simply ask your current friends, family, and associates for the contact information of others whom they think would be beneficial for you to know. The “friend-of-a-friend” connection is quite strong and usually very successful. A good question to use when asking for referrals is, “Who else should I be talking to?”
 2. Join professional or trade organizations. No better method exists for finding people who share the same professional interests and goals than joining one or more industry organizations. Once you’re a member, you’ll usually get access to the membership list, which can open up many new prospective network contacts. Most organizations also run regional or national meetings and conferences, which leads to the next technique for building your network of contacts.
 3. Attend professional/trade meetings, shows, etc. The great thing about trade shows and industry meetings and conferences is that you’ll encounter new people to meet — and opportunities for both “meet-and-greets” and in-depth meetings. Seek out peers as well as more experienced members — and even speakers — to add to your network.
 4. Volunteer. Providing your time and effort to a needy cause is perhaps one of the strongest locations for networking — because you are working side-by-side with people who share your passion for helping others. Find an organization that needs your help (and there are many) and start volunteering. Why should you expect others to help or even hire you if you are only interested in yourself, your career, your life! Your own self-centered motives will surely transmit to the hiring manager!
 5. Attend networking events. This technique is a no-brainer for adding more people to your network of contacts. Various groups hold networking events, including colleges, professional and industry associations, chambers of commerce, and the like. Review community calendars online or in your local newspaper for details.
 6. Contact former professors, college alumni association, and/or career-services offices. One of the strongest ties that help in building new and strong network contacts is sharing the bond of college, university or career offices. Making additional contacts with people affiliated with career and employment management gives you a solid base of shared experiences — and a strong connection to build upon.
 7. Join or ramp up your activities on social and professional networking sites. Once you’re a member of Facebook, LinkedIn, or a similar networking site, you’ll immediately be provided with strategies for adding friends or connections, such as reconnecting with people who attended the same schools and jobs. They may not be as strong as personal connections, but that should not stop you from at least trying this technique. You can use your virtual connections to “smooth the way” toward face-to-face meetings.
 8. Join a career networking club. In some ways, a career networking club is the ultimate networking experience because the people you meet there all have shared experiences and the desire for a new job. It a very positive and rewarding experience, a chance to help yourself and others.
 9. Conduct informational interviews. There is no better strategy for entry-level job-seekers and career-changers to find and add people to your professional network than to conduct several (or many) informational interviews. As the name implies, it’s an interview you initiate with someone in your profession/industry whose brain you can pick about how s/he got their start, moved up the ladder, and so forth.
10. Contact former co-workers, vendors, customers/clients. Many times as we move from job to job, employer to employer, we lose touch with former co-workers, customers, and the like. These people all had a relationship with you before… and could again — you simply need to reconnect with them.
 Final Thoughts on “faith” Networking Strategies
Remember, networking is a reciprocal relationship. You already possess the “skill of networking” but must implement in a way that will benefit you in your professional life! You can build and exercise your own power of believing, to vitalize and strengthen your life and to address any career & employment cause using the power of your faith!
You may be seeking help uncovering employment leads today, but tomorrow someone in your network may be asking for your help. Never be afraid to ask people in your network for help; don’t ask them to get you a job, but do ask them for possible leads of other people they know that you might add to your network, and any advice or other information you seek. When meeting people for the first time, don’t make it all about you; ask about the other person and what s/he does for a living.
Finally, always be prepared for networking , because the opportunity to meet someone can happen literally anywhere… and the person could change your life. To be fully prepared for networking, always carry 1) networking or business cards, 2) have a short speech introduction prepared or available for immediate use, and 3) keep a copy of your resume with you just in case a networking encounter leads to deeper possibilities.

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