One of the things job hunters and career navigators struggle with is how to connect and get a response from a prospective employer or network contact. Do you have a secret formula or tip that you can share?
This is the question we posed to our Career Development Carnival experts and their collection of responses should help you overcome this challenge!
Here are some nuggets to get you started. I hope you read and share the posts below with your network!
“Don’t push too hard, too soon!” -Dan Ryan
“So, unless you are super charismatic, you will need practice at ferreting out a way to make yourself valuable to others, because at least 50% of the time (probably much higher) people get their job from a referral.” – Deborah Mourey
“I just like to do a little karma banking and help make the world go around a bit better.”
– Donna Svei
“Networking is not about ask-ask-give. It’s about give-give-ask! ”
– Daisy Wright
“Always fashion your ask with addressing what’s in it for them.”
– Lynn Dessert
“Just as you wouldn’t rush up to a stranger at an in-person networking event and blurt out that you’d like to “pick their brain”, don’t rudely put yourself in front of a stranger on LinkedIn and expect them to do you a favor.” – Meg Guiseppi
“Your requests should be pleas for information, not begging for a job.” – Hannah Morgan
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Check Out Past Career Development Carnivals
Lynn Dessert and I have been honored to bring together this talented group of professionals to share their insight and expertise each month. If you would like to read past Career Development Carnivals, you can read them
Elephants At Work
and on Career Sherpa.net.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.