Over fifty percent of all jobs are a product of contact networks and they will typically find you when you least expect it. But don’t leave things to chance. It’s important that you take three things into consideration.
1. – Manage your on-line identity and personal brand to reflect two things: The job you have and the job that you have planned as the next step in your career. If you have not planned your next step. Do it.
2. – Networking is not just for finding your next job. It’s a critical part of your career development. It helps you stay up to speed on everything that happens outside of the company you currently work for. It helps you identify trends and better understand your discipline, industry, product and process expertise.
3. – You may not be famous, but we now live in a world where we all broadcast and publish. Weather you like it or not you are a public figure and what you tweet, blog and post on Facebook might stay on the internet longer than you might expect or want. Manage your reputation and be cautious about the explicit and implicit messages that you send with each tweet or post.
So spend some time building new contacts, don’t forget to maintain the ones you already have and manage your reputation.
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