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Friday, 04 January 2019 12:53

What is the best networking strategy to find a job?

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Here’s what Mr. Google says about strategy:

The terms tactic and strategy are often confused: tactics are the actual means used to gain an objective, while strategy is the overall campaign plan, which may involve complex operational patterns, activity, and decision-making that govern tactical execution.

If you are talking about the best networking strategy, I don’t believe there is one. What is important is that you develop your own strategy to networking that includes a series of tactics to help you achieve your purpose.

In my book Power Networking for Shy People: Tips & Techniques for Moving from Shy to Sly! I outlined a series of tactics that shy people could use to level the networking playing field with those that are more outgoing.

In my books You’re Hired! Job Search Strategies That Work & You’re Hired! Leveraging Your Network, I leveraged the tactics from the first book and applied them to the topic of job searching.

A short version to answer your question would be to focus on the phrase ‘it’s not who you know… it’s who knows you know.’

Any networking endeavour you undertake should help you connect with people that may be in a position to assist you and they will only do that after they get to know you.

Your best networking tactic would therefore be to expand your web of connections and help people get to know you. You can help do that by providing them something without the expectation of receiving something in return. The saying ‘givers gain’ holds true.

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