Monday, February 8, 2010

Networking For Career Success - How to Prioritize Your Network Contacts

As soon as you start collecting names for your network list and you have done some preliminary evaluation, the next step is to prioritize your contacts. In other words, you want to learn more about these people - find out what you and they can offer each other and why.

For each person in your list, you will make a personal profile, containing some basic data about that person. This profile should include contact information and details about his or her professional and personal life. Think about if you are writing a self-portrait, whatever you might write about yourself, that is what you want to put in each personal profile.

Look at your contact list and you can sort it out based on the significance. Then contact the people you like from the bottom five percent to 30 percent of your list. Doing this is just has a practice, which you do not want to do with your top contacts in the list. Follow the steps below:

Prepare by determining whom you want to contact and what you want from him or her. Let the person know that you would like to meet to have some advice at his or her convenience.

Be specific about what you want when you meet. Explain that you want to take your career, business, or organization to the next level and you need some advice. Also make it easy for the person to decline. However, you should work on the reasons for him or her to agree.

The next step is to follow up with a thank-you note within 24 to 48 hours and in return you ask what you can do for him or her. Then you can have this person updated in your list. Ask yourself these questions for evaluation: What did you learn from it? What would you do differently and why? Is this the person with whom you should meet regularly?

When you keep prioritizing your network, you will discover how to best use your time and who can help you succeed. You should also be aware of your netbank. This is each person in your network. Simply, if you have helped someone, then you have made a deposit. If that person has helped you, you have made a withdrawal.

What happen if you find out the balance of your netbank with someone is low or nonexistent? There are three simple things you can do:

Build a balance: Quickly try to find a way to make a deposit in that netbank as soon as possible. That is, find some ways to help him or her.

Wait: Do not ask for anything this time.

Find people with whom you have a sufficient netbank: Can they help yo

By : Tom_Chung

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