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7 Ways to Turn a Chance Encounter into a New Career

Meeting someone with the right connections to give you a shot at an interview can be both exciting and nerve-racking. For the latest Mediabistro feature, industry professionals explain how any job seeker can win over a prospective employer on the fly.

Tip No. 2: Start with the Relationship, Not the Resume

Remember, networking is about creating a connection, not making a hard sell. “Focus first on building the relationship with the executive. It’s important to make a connection before asking for anything,” said Kent Lee, career consultant for Yahoo! and CEO of Perfect Resume. “This can be done by simply asking questions that show a general interest and enthusiasm in the executive’s company.”

Read more in Networking 102: How to Turn a Chance Meeting Into a Career Opportunity

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Three Innovative Ways to Ramp Up Your Networking

When we read this post on Intuit, we couldn’t agree with it more.

Sure, networking at its core doesn’t really change over the time but your strategies sure can. Here are a few new ones to spice things up…

1. Create a layoff test. In the post, Alexandra Levit, workplace expert and author of New Job, New You writes, “If you got laid off from your job today, who are the 10 people you’d e-mail for advice on what to do next?  Reach out to them now, when you don’t need anything specifically.  Have lunch, coffee, or even a phone call.  You never know what gold nuggets might come out of an informal conversation without an urgent agenda.” Read more

How to Remember Someone’s Name in Four Simple Steps

We admit this happens to the best of us. You’re at a work luncheon, networking event or happy hour and while talking to someone and he or she tells you their name. And then it happens. You quickly forget it! Was it Tom? No, wait he said Tim. Um, maybe it was Tommy.

Well, a piece on Forbes today pointed out how we can jump-start our memories when it comes to remembering new names.

1. Focus on the person. For starters, we should focus on the person and block out all distractions. Darlene Price, author of Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results, told Forbes, “Square your shoulders toward them, look them in the eye, shake hands, smile with your eyes, and listen—listen intently.” She added, “Make it a top priority to learn their name and engage in a meaningful way. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted; and don’t let yourself off the hook by blaming a bad memory.”  Read more

Three Ways to Retool Your Networking Mojo

Okay, you know the drill. You’re at a cocktail party and strike up a conversation with someone standing next to you at the cheese and veggies table. You exchange cards, follow up via email to grab a cup of coffee and bam! It goes nowhere.

It may be time to rethink your networking prowess into a one-two punch. Here’s how to do it…

1. Be strategic and figure out who to stalk (um, we meant meet). Go into an event — whether it’s a panel with industry leaders or a cocktail party for the media, for instance — with a plan. Who do you want to meet? Looking to connect with fellow graphic designers? Or maybe you need to connect with editors? Book agents? Sometimes you may not even know who you want to meet and therein lies the quandary. Read more

Three Ways to Talk to Strangers & Improve Your Networking Skills

If you’re not exactly swift at working a room, no worries there. There’s a fine art to networking as a skill to be honed.

According to a new book by David Topus, there are several ways to make inroads in networking by connecting randomly with strangers.

His book, Talk to Strangers: How Everyday Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income, and Life, outlines an essential reminder. Anyone we encounter may be the owner of something we need or want whether it’s personally or professionally and vice versa, we may be able to offer something valuable to them as well. Read more

Five Easy Ways to Remember Names and Faces

Ever go to a networking event with nametags? Ah, nametags. We’re big fans.

Now, have you ever gone to an event sans nametags? Someone introduces his or her name to you and with a shake of a hand and within the same moment, you can’t remember the name at all?

Never fear. According to a blog post on PsychologyToday, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. provides several tips to remember names along with faces. Read more

5 Ways to Find a Job Before It’s Posted

Submitting as many applications as you can through job boards is one way to land a gig, but the reality is that all jobs don’t magically appear on the Internet. Says freelancer and writing mentor Carol Tice, “In fact, the vast, vast majority of good-paying jobs will never be advertised. Stop waiting to spot them in ads.”

Want to tap into the hidden job market? (You know, those great gigs that haven’t been posted yet?)

Tip No. 1: Contact companies directly.

Amy Phillip, an executive career coach, recommends connecting directly with the person who hires. For journalists, that’s often the editor or managing editor, while it can be the director of marketing for copywriters and bloggers. “Find that person on LinkedIn and send an introduction,” she said.

Read more in How to Find a Job Before It’s Posted. [subscription required]

Four Ways to Look for a Job While You Have One

It’s a major job conundrum, isn’t it? Looking for a job can feel like a full-time job and yet when you’re already gainfully employed, looking for a new gig can feel a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, there are a few ways to effectively manage the process.

As pointed out in a post on CareerBuilder, the first pointer recommends not slacking off. For obvious reasons, you don’t want your search to seem like it’s not confidential or that you’re lacking interest in your current job. The key to success while juggling a job and the search? Staying focused on your current responsibilities to the best of your ability given the fact you may already be mentally checked out. In the piece, Anthony Balderamma writes, “But until you’ve accepted another offer, don’t neglect your current duties.”

Second, keep your search to yourself. Even though you may feel close to a few colleagues, it’s better to keep your lips sealed. Case in point: A job seeker gabbed to her colleagues that she was unhappy and looking to relocate and land a new job. Well, during her external search she got promoted! Cue resentment from colleagues here.

The search should also be confidential to your own computer at home. Balderamma writes in the piece, “When you’re eager to ditch your current job or you’re just bored sitting at your computer, you might think browsing job postings on the clock is acceptable. That’s not true. Your employer probably has a policy against job searching on the company dime, so don’t risk your job.”

Keep in mind, all bets are off if layoffs are imminent and your boss has told the group the hammer’s going to fall (or is it ax? We digress). Use your discretion but in that instance, it may be a given that you’re openly looking for a job without having to sneak out at lunch time to schedule job interviews.

Lastly, leverage your current job to get a new one. Considering networking is the one-two punch in job searching, if there’s a media conference you can attend through your current job, by all means, register! If you can register for a class on the company’s dime and time, go for it! You see what we’re getting at: You’re adding new contacts to your arsenal and bolstering your resume with new skills.

Plus, branching out may put a new spring in your step and nothing speaks more highly of yourself during an interview than a positive attitude.

Back to the Basics: Your Job Search Secret

As in, keeping your job search a secret may be a challenge but it’s well worth it.

We know the situation all too well. You’re done. Burned out and ready to move on, in a rut with nowhere to go. Sure, it may be tempting to commiserate with colleagues but according to a piece published by the Harvard Business Review, it’s wise to resist that temptation.

Regardless of how close you feel you are with coworkers, chances are the best kept secret is simply with yourself. Assume it will be leaked if you’re the one who first leaks it!

Second, as pointed out in the piece, it’s important to conduct stealth networking. Do you really need to tell people outright that you’re looking? Not quite. Instead of being blunt and saying you’re looking for a new job you can tactfully state you’re “open to hearing about new opportunities.” Or that you’re not actively looking but always entertaining your options to see what’s out there.

Lastly, and this is a big one, wait for the offer and wait until you sign on the dotted line to confirm your employment. Only then should you tell your manager you’ve resigned.

How To Get Over Your Networking Fears

If all the spring conferences and after work mixers typically leave you noshing on free appetizers rather than actually meeting people, there’s a cure. In mediabistro.com’s latest AvantGuild feature, career coaches outline five steps to help even the most socially averse conquer their new-people phobia.

No. 2: Listen first.

The one hard and fast rule to remember is to listen more than you talk, says Juli Monroe, a coach at 1 to 1 Discovery, a Washington, D.C.-based networking and social media agency. “If you listen first, then you know how to talk about yourself,” she explained. “If you can address their needs, then you can pitch your services, but in a targeted and strategic way.”

Read more in How To Network in Any Situation.

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