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Set a Networking Goal For The Year


Set a Networking Goal For The Year

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Andy Warren
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Start the year with one towards that goal by connecting with me on LinkedIn.


I bet that single line will make you reach your goal ;-)
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Aaron, it will be interesting to see. Debated putting in there, too much of a plug for me? Yet, how to talk about networking and not ask/offer to connect?

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This relates to one of my goals for 2012, thank you for bringing it up, Andy. I've been in my current job for a long time, and feel that I have done great things there, but it has been stagnet for 4 years. No pay raise in 4 years with no prospect for any in the coming year. More being taken out of my pay for benefits than ever before. This is truly a case of my being better off 4 years ago than I am today. And I've got very serious reservations of the health of the agency I work at, so networking is imperative. I want to see what ideas people have for increasing one's network, so I'll be following this thread with great interest.

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A few years ago, one of my employers REQUESTED that we all use LinkedIn and we had a contest to see who could get the most connections. I came in SECOND with over 400!! I basically went through my contacts and sent a request to EVERY IT person I knew and then some of the secondary connections. I also joined a dozen groups on LinkedIn.

NOW, I get offers every week because of my LinkedIn profile.

Ironically, this strategy by my company to build social networking caused me to get a very nice job offer (which I took, my current position).

And some companies may not appreciate "hangin out your shingle"... but I always tell every new employer that I am always keeping my options open after an experience of being laid off on the second day of a job that required relocation. I almost always have 2 or 3 active conversations about opportunities. Keeps my resume fresh and forces me to continuously evaluate my career track.

And remember, it is ALWAYS better to be interviewing while you are EMPLOYED...

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I entirely agree with Andy's original idea - build your network before you need it. It helps enormously when you need to change. Out of the blue in September 2010 the government decided to abolish the organisation I worked for, and having a Linked In network has been extremely helpful in finding work. All the agencies use it to back up what it says on your CV. More details here:
http://dbatasks.blogspot.com/2010/12/social-networks-for-dba.html
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