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Art Of Creating Career Connections

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Art Of Creating Career Connections

  1. 1. The Art of Creating and Maintaining Career Connections 9 march 2010 Networkin g
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Have a cross-cultural discussion on what networking means for us </li></ul><ul><li>Explore how we can enhance and embrace networking in our professional and personal lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and Practice our 90 - second elevator introduction </li></ul>
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>Demystifying Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Creating Your Strategic Networking Plan </li></ul><ul><li>The “Elevator Speech “: Telling Your Story </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Networking ? <ul><li>the art of building relationships and cultivate them for mutual benefit </li></ul><ul><li>a two-way sharing of information about different topics, such as careers. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a way of life </li></ul>
  5. 5. Networking in the US <ul><li>A win-win situation </li></ul><ul><li>A way of life </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent & Direct </li></ul><ul><li>Structured & Goal Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Online & in-person </li></ul><ul><li>TIP: Be a Thought Leader! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Define Your Objectives and Goals <ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>meet people in my field of work/business or area of interest </li></ul><ul><li>obtain an overview of different types of jobs / clients /competitors </li></ul><ul><li>learn how I can transition to another career </li></ul><ul><li>Make new friends </li></ul><ul><li>Your Objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>_________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>_________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>_________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><li>Find the key people in my field/industry to….. </li></ul><ul><li>Know the local job market / industry </li></ul><ul><li>Have a rich social life </li></ul><ul><li>Transition into a new career </li></ul><ul><li>Your Goals: </li></ul><ul><li>_________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>_________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>_________________________________________ </li></ul>
  7. 7. What does your Network Look like? Volunteer Activities Participants in workshops/classes Parents of your children’s classmates/friends Professional Associations & chambers of commerce Alumni/contacts from your university/school The larger “expat” community Gym, library and hobbies Former & current colleagues and employers Church, synagogue, mosque, temple.. Online networking: Linked In, Facebook, start a blog etc.
  8. 8. What does your Network Look like? ____________________________________________ ____________________________________ _____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ ____________________________________________
  9. 9. The “Elevator Speech” – Story telling! <ul><li>Think of your brief introduction as your story . </li></ul><ul><li>A good story or speech has a beginning (1), a middle (2) and an end(3). </li></ul><ul><li>In rhetoric it is known as the rule of three: &quot;Government of the people, by the people, and for the people&quot; (Abraham Lincoln, 1863). </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning (past): </li></ul><ul><li>Who are you and where have you been? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes you special? </li></ul><ul><li>Middle(now): </li></ul><ul><li>What are you good at? Area of expertise? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you here? </li></ul><ul><li>End (future): </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do for them? (find a common ground, offer solutions) </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Tell Your 90- second Story! 1.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  11. 11. Next Steps <ul><ul><li>Create a map of people you know and where they are </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify gaps in your map, & </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start working on filling those gaps by: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Joining professional associations & chambers of commerce </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make connections in your daily life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reconnecting with old friends and colleagues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take a class or/and Teach a class </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Join expat groups & use online networking opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuously practice and revise your “90-second story” </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Thank You! Merci beaucoup! Contact: Katarina Holm-DiDio Cross-cultural Career Coach and Trainer [email_address]