Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 5:23 PMUpdated Sep 30, 2015, 10:41 AM
A network, kézako?
Your network is made up of all the people who are part of the communities to which you belong. They are your family and your friends, of course, but also the members of your sports club, your former teachers and classmates, your co-workers … And if you never think that Aunt Simone will ever be able to help you find a job, think again. There is something called the Six Degree Theory: it only takes six people in your life to connect you with the rest of the world.
On the Internet or in real life?
Nowadays, we tend to think that a network is built first on the internet and particularly via professional social networks, where we register before asking in contact the people who interest us. Knowing that in the world of work, hiring is often done through co-optation and networks, it would be wrong to do without! But this is not enough. A network is also built IRL, understand “In Real Life”, in real life. Family and friendly gatherings such as participation in professional events, trade fairs, seminars, conferences and other meetings are excellent opportunities to build a network. Do not neglect the friends of your friends either… You can thus forge links and a wider and wider web around you.
How to maintain your network?
You have a lot of knowledge, of course, you still need to know how to maintain your network. Be aware that a relationship is considered established when three means of communication have been used between the person concerned and yourself, whether it is a physical meeting, a phone call, an SMS or even a quick note on a social network. Then, the first rule to maintain the link is to take an interest in others. Clearly, ask for news, the person, his activities, his projects … But be careful not to talk exclusively about you (“You will never guess what happens to me”, “I did that” …) .
How to activate your network?
Are you looking for a job, a mission, new clients? Now is the time to activate your network. If you have to ask someone in particular, there is no point in going all the way. Clearly state your expectations (“I'm looking for …”, “you wouldn't know someone who …”) while highlighting your abilities and asking the person to pass the information on to whomever they see fit , in clear to members of its own network.
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