Successful Networking Strategies

  1. Realistically analyze and identify your interests, strengths and weaknesses, complementing your analysis by the results of proven diagnostic tools and objective assessments.
  2. Identify specific, unique attributes and/or work experiences that set you apart from other job seekers. There are many people with good track records and sound skills. In order to develop an edge, you must identify and capitalize on those aspects that make you unique.
  3. Target specific program/service areas that match your profile and your developmental needs.
  4. Determine where you would really like to work and why. Become as knowledgeable as possible about these areas and be able to effectively demonstrate that your sound knowledge of the mandate, operations and needs of the organization can contribute to meeting those needs.
  5. Within your own department, seek cross-sectional assignments that will provide you with new contacts that fall within your career path/goals.
  6. Consider asking your superior to use his or her contacts to open doors and help obtain assignments or secondments.
  7. Call on your own network of colleagues, friends and acquaintances, who may not only direct you to possible employment opportunities, but can also offer support in your search. They can provide feedback on your job-search strategy, suggest employers to approach, and give you tips on how to do so.
  8. Arrange meetings with appropriate contacts. To get a manager to set aside time to see you, you should emphasize that you realize there are likely no openings in the manager's organization. Respect your time allotment.
  9. During the meeting, demonstrate how your particular skills and experience can serve a manager's needs and bring added value to the organization. At the end of the meeting, ask the manager to suggest the names of others who could make use of your services. Seek advice on how to improve your presentation and/or CV. Leave a business card. If you have not already left your résumé, send it within a week.
  10. Send a thank you note to a manager who has spent time giving you advice, as well as to other people who helped you in your search.

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