Many of you know that networking is a necessary component of an effective job search, building a business as well as acquiring consistent contract work. Keep in mind that opportunities can come from the least expected people. We logically lean toward the decision makers. Of course, those individuals are viable. But, sometimes you are missing out if you are not planting seeds with everyone. If you want to be remembered positively by a growing number of people, then plant those seeds. Keep planting more and more. Zig Ziglar famously stated, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.”

Here are some examples where planting seeds can lead to interviews, consulting work and new business:

  • I just got an email from a client this week whose Mother-in-Law happened to meet an influential resource at one of the companies he is targeting.

My mother in law got a contact from some one that is in charge of hiring in his group for Awesome Aerospace Company* (she’s a regional manager for Great Company* and talks to everyone that comes in). He told her       that I should call him ASAP and would love to chat. There are several Senior Project Manager positions being created! *I am not sharing company names to respect confidentiality.

  • Two of  my coaching contracts came from colleagues I have continued to stay in touch with. One introduced me to the owner of a company and now 5 years later, I have consistent client assignments.
  • One of my clients was transitioning from a role that formerly was administrative but, on paper many of her responsibilities were that of a Business Analyst. She met someone at a volunteer event that connected her with someone at a large Financial Services organization that was part of a new Global department initiative. My client got a job and is now tracking to be a COO!
  • Another client was at a ball game of her young son and, in talking to the father of one of her son’s teammates, mentioned she was targeting a certain company for opportunities. That father knew the CEO of that company and provided an introduction.

So, yes, keep connecting with the hiring managers, Board of Directors, and Company owners. But, don’t forget to share with others what you are targeting. You never know where that can lead in the short term or long term! This can truly level up your networking!!!!

I hope you enjoy and get value out of this week’s round-up of curated articles just for you that I know are providing the best of the best in the areas of Job Search, Career Transition/Exploration, Career Advancement/Leadership Development and Work-Life Balance/ Mindfulness.

I would love your feedback because this really is for you. If you have requests of what you would like to see or want to ask me any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

Have a great week. I will be sending positive energy your way.

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