How many people do you have in your personal and professional network? What are they saying about you? How many of your career opportunities have come directly from your network? According to our recent CareerPoll over 50% of opportunities came through the participants networks. How do you ask your network for help in the appropriate way? This week’s podcast is from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar With Sean Moffitt, Canada’s leading word-of-mouth marketing expert and founder of Agent Wildfire. Sean has helped leading brands strategically use word of mouth marketing to effectively grow their brands.
According to Sean, most people have 120 Facebook friends, 110 connections on LinkedIn and 90 Twitter followers. On average, we are connected to 10,000 people through the people we know in our network – that is a lot people and opportunities. Even in today’s digital world, research still shows over 80% of opportunities come through our networks. Social media make it easier to connect and amplify your personal brand message. Sean shared 3 key ways to authentically ask for help from your network.
1. Because – Give them a clear reason why you need help and how they can assist you.
2. Diligent – Be disciplined with your follow up to your network.
3. Reciprocity – Look for ways that you can help your network advance in their career.
Sean explained “It is not who you know, it’s who knows you and what they are saying about you” This is fundamental, what if 100 people knew you well thought highly of you? What kinds of opportunity would be coming to you from 10,000 on a daily basis?
This week’s 60 Second WORKout – Reach out and help someone in your network.
Continue the conversation on my blog. What is your thoughts on networking?
This week’s CareerPoll : How well do you know your personal brand?
Last week’s CareerPoll: How many of your roles came through your network?
The Great Canadian Job Search Development Webinar: Part 1- Knowing & Branding Yourself, Thurs June 10 12-1 P.M. ET
Join myself and Peter Harris, content manager at Workopolis. When starting a job search, where do you begin? It seems a simple question and many people would jump right into creating their resume. This might seem like the best place to start but it may not be. Instead, you should begin at the beginning by asking: how well do you know yourself? How have your previous educational and employment experiences shaped your career choices? Join Peter and myself as we help with getting your job search on the right track.
The Canadian Career Development Webinar – Fri June 11 12-1 PM ET Strategies for Success in Your First Years at Work with Mentoring Expert Patricia Barbato
Moving from the world of school to the world of work is one of the biggest transitions we make in our society. When you’re just starting out in your career, how do you build an effective network and start on the right foot? Join me as I interview Patricia Barbato author of Inspire Your Career – Strategies for Success in Your First Years at Work
Looking for help with your personal brand ? Who’s your career coach ? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself — get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.
Diligent, along the road with you!
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