Networking is important to finding a job, a mentor and moving forward in your career, but depending on where you are on the career ladder, some connections are more helpful than others. Here are the people who will help you most at each stage of your career.
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Small talk should be about making connections and having conversations that go beyond "Hi, how're you?" Getting beyond those default starters can be tough, so here are seven tips that can help you have more engaging conversations with anyone.
Everyone wants to be a great conversationalist, whether you're networking or just catching up with friends. Share your stories in the present tense to make them (and yourself!) more engaging and interesting.
Looking for a new position is one of the most stressful things you'll ever do. Perhaps it's the high stakes behind the search that makes it easy to over-analyse every part of it, especially when it comes to how you respond to the emails recruiters send. I know that before I became a recruiter, I spent way too long trying to write the perfect responses to every single email I received. They had to be perfect, I thought, because there was a job on the line.
iOS/Android: Speedify is a handy way to combine multiple internet connections into one mega pipe. Now, it's even better. In 4.0, you can send redundant data over multiple connections, and get started without an account.
Mentors are a valuable source of guidance that help you move your career forward, but one isn't enough. Don't limit yourself to one person's perspective or experience. Having multiple mentors, or at least people to talk shop with, takes the pressure off and broadens your horizons.
We've all experienced email overload, and some emails require a fair amount of time to write a reply. If you don't have time to get to an email right away, at least tell the recipient when they can expect to hear back from you.
The cost of buying bandwidth from network providers in Australia and New Zealand are extremely high. How high? Web performance company CloudFlare measured it and found that it is up to 21.3 times higher compared to Europe. The company blamed large telcos like Telstra and Optus for charging too much. Here's what you need to know.
Giving a firm, solid handshake isn't difficult exactly, but ask anyone who meets job candidates or just talks to new people with any regularity, and you'll hear some awkward handshake horror stories. This video from ZipRecruiter outlines some of the worst offenders, and a simple way to get it right.
Working in a corporate environment, build business connections inside and outside your organisation is almost unavoidable. As a small business owner and entrepreneur, you're often working on your own but you can't neglect networking as it may lead to new clients and opportunities in the future. Going to networking events seems like the obvious way to build new business relationships, but there are plenty of other ways to do this. Here are a few suggestions.
What good is a great first impression if that person doesn't remember you tomorrow? If you want to stand out in their memory, do something that goes against the norm.