Maybe it's time to reevaluate the effectiveness of your professional network. Some think of a network as similar to a Board of Advisers. Others, view it more informally. Regardless, networking is critical to career growth.
What is networking? In short, it's a process through which you create and sustain relationships to exchange information. It's best when built on mutual benefit. Just a few reminders as you refresh your networking efforts.
- Develop your 30 second elevator speech--talk about what makes you unique and what career-related aspriations you have.
- Create a list of people with whom you have already developed relationships. Do they have a copy of your latest resume? When was the last time you spoke with them?
- Reconnect. Talk about their education, experience, work activities and working condition. Ask them to recommend others to help build your network.
- Follow-up. Don't forget to thank people when they help you. And keep in touch.