Ah, the power of networking…An acquaintance of mine is currently engaged in a job search project. As she goes about her search for a sales position, she also works diligently to build partnerships with fellow job seekers. As her network of contacts grows so too do her chances of connecting with an opportunity perfectly suited for her skills and abilities.
In my younger dating years I remember being told that the best “blind dates” were set up by mutual friends who truly knew the personalities of the two individuals they were connecting. Well, I can’t say for sure whether mutual friend blind dates always work, but I am pretty sure that building a career network of folks who know your strengths contributes to solid professional opportunities.
Whether you’re looking for a new personal or professional partnership, here are a few suggestions for how you might wish to foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust with fellow seekers: