Copyright 2005 Denise OBerry
Just yesterday I received an email from a colleague telling me her husband had been laid off from yet another corporate job. Will downsizing ever stop? I doubt it. Most large corporations focus purely on bottom line and employees are biggest expense.
And sadly, many workers become lax at maintaining their professional network when they've worked with a company a while. With mass layoff announcements screaming at us every day in news, having a dead or outdated business network can extend time it takes to find a new position. And what about new grads? Without a business network, what is their hope of finding that prized position?
It's common knowledge that many jobs are filled through word of mouth networking, yet most job seekers begin their hunt without a strong business network. Having a dead, outdated or non-existent business network can extend time it takes to find a job. And if you're in business for yourself, your business network is your key to success.
Whether you're shy or outgoing, business networking must be part of your marketing arsenal. You'll be successful if you are prepared. Here are a few keys to success.