Articles about Networking

Mentors

5 ways to pick the right mentor for your career

The right mentor can shape the course of your career — here's what to look for in one.

Job search

The 5 biggest mistakes people make when looking for a new job

Slow down, take your time, and avoid these five not-so-common mistakes during your next job search.

Connections

Get serious about networking: 5 tips for making a connection

Networking is the ultimate route, and the reasons are endless. You’ll meet investors, leaders, and potential team members. Here are some of my favorite networking methods that continue to work for me.

Templates

How to ask for a networking meeting with a coworker

If you want to brainstorm or learn from a coworker, ask politely for the person’s time but include parameters on when the meeting should happen.

Interview

25 interview questions to land you the job

I’ve assembled the following 25 job interview questions for you to ask the HR person, the recruiter, the hiring manager, and the other people with whom you interview.

Communication

6 networking mistakes you don’t know you’re making

Your professional network does a lot more than submit your resume.

Networking

How to use the first five minutes of networking to impress

In the first five minutes of any conversation, the smartest networkers do what no one expects.

Job search

Here’s how to write an email to a potential employer

It's easier than it seems — as long as you follow certain etiquette and avoid the most common mistakes that modern job-seekers make.

Office Life

4 ways to make sure people you meet while networking don’t fade from your memory

You don't have to go to a zillion networking events to have trouble remembering the names of new people you've met. Here's how to keep the names of fresh connections alive in your memory.

interview

How I leveraged an informational interview to land a job

Networking is something that I didn’t value (or even really understand) before I stumbled into my first informational interview.

Leadership

10 ways you are killing your executive presence

Executive presence is a blending of mindset, competencies, and delivery that gives the overall impression that this person has dignity and can get the job done. Can executive presence be developed?

Communication

The three-second trick to impress on phone calls

You can impress people on the phone with a simple strategy.

Social Media

The networking pros and cons of deleting your Facebook account

This past weekend, we learned that 50 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by political firm Cambridge Analytica, which sought to use that data to influence voter choices in the U.

Advice

How to get your mind and career ready for spring

So with the first day of the new season arriving on March 20, it's the perfect time to apply your spring cleaning mentality to both your mind and career. Here are some ways to shake off the winter blues and enter spring with a new sense of passion.

How To

4 ways to seamlessly finish a conversation without making the other person feel dumped

So you're at a networking event and have had a great chat with someone new, but there are a handful of other people you'd still like to introduce yourself to. Instead of waiting for the conversation to end organically, consider using one of these four methods to keep moving forward.

Advice

How to be the best listener in your office

We know we’re supposed to listen to each other, but how often do you actually sit quietly, put away your phone and hear every single word someone has to say?

Advice

Effective icebreakers for networking

One of the most effective and impactful ways to exceed in your career — regardless of industry, skill set or function — is to create lasting bonds with like-minded individuals. This makes networking one of those necessary evils that should fall high on your list of career-building priorities.

How To

5 ways to get to know someone without using cookie-cutter questions

When it comes to networking events, there's a whole world of topics that you could potentially ask someone about. So why not ask about something appropriate that will let you in on who they really are? Here are a few lighthearted icebreaker questions that you can use when you want to get to know someone.

Productivity

3 things to consider before making a referral

In addition to knowing when and why to make a referral or casual introduction, it’s also important to think about the potential fallout.

Advice

How to re-embrace face-to-face instead of virtual everything

We can all agree that socializing in person is important, but increasingly difficult and confusing after all that screen time. Here are some things to help socialize successfully.

Networking

Don’t make these 8 networking mistakes

This is where executives go wrong when they network, the best ways to avoid these pitfalls, and what to do if you make these networking mistakes.

Networking

Here’s how to get more out of networking events

Buy tickets to a networking event. Get there, buckled up for a cookie-cutter experience of going from one panel to the next. Only talk to other attendees during breaks and cocktail receptions, then rush to the next session. Here are some strategies could help you stand out a networking events for all the right reasons.

Networking

5 ways unsuccessful people network

If you don't talk enough, you could be perceived as cold or aloof. If you talk too much, you could be considered unprofessional or self-interested. Here’s what unsuccessful people do when networking.  

Networking

How to make people like you: 6 science-based conversation hacks

So you want to know how to make people like you? It’s easier than you think. Here are six research-backed conversation hacks that will get things off on the right foot.

Science of Work

This is the best trick to remember someone’s name

Next time you need to remember someone's name before an event, try speaking the name out loud. It's one of the best learning and memory tricks there is.