At the August Omaha Empowerment Breakfast networking meeting run by the Small Business Administration and SCORE, I sat next to Dan Weber with Peak Pathways. During the meeting he had a chance to mention what he found as a reason to be a regular attender of the Empowerment Breakfast.
His reason for attending the Empowerment Breakfast was simple and concise:
“There is only one letter different between between NETWORKING and NOT WORKING.”
For those that attend the Empowerment Breakfast meetings it is a mix of small and medium sized businesses in addition to several people that are in transition looking for work.
Making connections face-to-face is the BEST form of networking possible and Dan is “right on” as a small business owner myself, if I did not network with people I would not generate any business. The same can be said for networking for a JOB. If you are not out networking at groups like the Omaha Empowerment Breakfast, Millard Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, you will only extend your search.
Time and Time again, Mike and I have preached that the absolute best way to land a job is NETWORKING.
So how do you Start?
Networking begins with F.R.A.N.; Friends, Relatives, Associates, Neighbors.
Friends and Relatives you already understand. Associates can be former co-workers or people you know from church, clubs, groups, etc. Neighbors, well they are Not just the people living next door to you. They are anyone that is not part of the other three group.
Then check out the networking opportunities posted on our Resources Page. and that is only the tip of the ice-berg in the way of networking available to you. There are church groups, PTA, political groups, special interest groups (check out the Meetups website and search for an interest group you might like to join. Other business networking Groups include BNI, Center-Sphere, CBMC (the local chapter is called Heartland CBMC), CBWF…the opportunities are out there…not in your home.
Once you connect in person, also ask to connect on LinkedIn for virtual networking. This way people you have met can share your profile with others that might have a job that would be a good fit. And if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, or have not polished it up in a while or fully filled it out, you are missing one of the best online networking tools that recruiters use to find candidates to fill open positions in the “hidden” job market.