This whole networking thing is based on one very key and targeted phrase:
Building Relationships and Keeping Them.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the entire meaning of life. As we go about our personal and professional (sometimes feeling unprofessional) lives, what is the one thing that binds us together as one common community?
Communication! Without clear, continual and cohesive communication, where would we be? Okay, right now we’re not working, so life as we know it seems a bygone failure, right? We’ve been talking, selling and interviewing our butts off and what do we have to show for all the effort? Uh, nothing. Bottom line here…why bother communicating if not a soul is listening?
Practice absolute persistence. Have you heard of anyone who’s been unemployed their entire life? I haven’t. I’m sure by now everyone has seen, heard and felt the story of the homeless dude with “that golden voice from God”. Yeah, he’s got million dollar pipes all right, but it was the choices he made, bad decisions, that put him on the streets of Ohio. By showing off his heavenly skills to each passing motorist and pedestrian, constantly, he is now knocking on the doorsteps of second chance.
Are you in Constant Contact with your Network? Are you building and nurturing those precious relationships? Whether it’s on the phone, on-line or on the street, you must position yourself at the forefront of the competition and in the eyes and ears of our target companies schmoozing with those responsible for hiring or forwarding you on to those whom they know that are.
Ya’ll know my tag line; Why Just Look For a Job? Create One!™. I have created a relationship with over 100 people who have signed up for my periodic Newsletters with an occasional offer to help you find work, additional stories of what I’m going through and more moral support. If you’re one of them, much thanks! If you’re not, now’s the time. Click Here and Sign Up for my Email Newsletter. The software I use is provided by Constant Contact; catchy, eh? Well, to more efficiently and effectively use this for my emails, I took a day-long seminar on the best and easiest way to build emails – hosted by Constant Contact. Fabulous and fascinating material. While you’re looking for work, learn something new! Be creative! Ya’ see where I’m going with this? Out of this seminar, by asking questions and networking, I was able to create an opportunity for myself that has revenue potential!
I am now a Constant Contact Business Partner. Here’s how you can help me and help yourself: We started this post emphasizing relationship building, communicating and staying…well, in contact with your associates and colleagues. We’re always sending email. We never know where it goes, we never know if it’s read. Real simple, Constant Contact allows you to send very professional, creative and effective email to your contacts. Every month you should be reaching out to those looking on your behalf. Instead of sending out these email individually (very time-consuming), you can build a targeted list of those you know in your chosen industry and send them an update on your progress as well as include articles related to your business keeping you and them current on industry trends. You can build this once, monthly or quarterly, and send it to your entire list with a click of a button. Now I know about sending stuff out addressed to you with a “bcc” to the world, but that could get stopped by spam filters, kicked back to you or maybe not allowed by your ISP depending on size. A myriad of things could go wrong. With Constant Contact, your content looks way better, you’re keeping up with technology and you can track the email! Yes, you can see who is opening up the email, when it’s getting opened, how many times they open it, if they are forwarding your information on to other contacts, if they are clicking on anything you include in your email…and more. Really neat stuff! Oh, and yes…if you do sign up for the program, I am compensated. Just a little, but hey…it’s something. It’s also a win for you because you are becoming a more valuable and educated communicator! Now look…you’ve just learned something new and you’re trying to create something that’s fresh. Few employers, if any, are getting this kind of stuff from prospective employees. Be daring and do something different; differentiate yourself from the crowd. The program is free for 60 days so you can play with it and familiarize yourself with the software on their dime, not yours. Start sending stuff out. At the end of the free trial, if you choose to stay on, it will cost $15/mo. As a job search expense, you can’t pay it any more forward than that! People will see that you’re proactive and thinking ahead.
So I leave it up to you; doing the same thing over and over expecting different results or you can put yourself out there a bit more aggressively and create some results.
To explore more about the Constant Contact program, please click here. Please use this link only so I can receive the credit and compensation. I thank you. And after you try it, you’ll thank yourself.
Happy and Awesomely Prosperous New Year!
As Always, Thanks For Surfing My Wave!
Why Just Look For a Job? Create One!™
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