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It Always Seemed Impossible At First But These Will Build You A Wide And Professional Network

It Always Seemed Impossible At First But These Will Build You A Wide And Professional Network

Most people think that a professional network is only needed when job-hunting. Maintaining a professional network throughout your career is a necessary and important task that need not be difficult. A strong, professional network builds confidence and could prove to be a valuable safety net should you get laid off or fired. A recent article in Forbes Magazine reported that most of us search for jobs every eight years. That is a big incentive to growing a professional network.

Learn how to manage and boost your professional network with the following tips.

1. Maintain Visibility

People have to know who you are in order to recommend you and your available products and services. The key here is to stay visible, without becoming a nuisance. Develop an eye-catching business card and get to know the people around you, especially the people you work for and with.

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    2. Build Relationships

    It is essential to get to know the people in your network. Get in touch every five weeks or so for a coffee or light lunch. If you have the opportunity to boost their career, by all means do it. They are sure to return to favor for you at a later time. Be willing to be a professional reference.

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      3. Use LinkedIn

      This is a no brainer. LinkedIn is free to join, and there are hundreds of groups available to boost your professional networking. Get to know people. When you and they are comfortable enough, exchange recommendations. This network builds your credibility in a number of ways and is well worth the time and effort.

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        4. Join Professional Organizations

        Get to know colleagues in your profession. These are the best people to keep you informed on what is changing in your profession and how to adapt. Joining may not be free, however a professional organization is one of the easiest ways to stay and get connected professionally.

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          5. Go Beyond Your Industry

          Cultivate professional networks outside of your industry. This is a great way to boost your network and meet new people. Networking with those outside of your industry can give you a fresh perspective on your professional development.

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            6. Find Connections

            Seek out people who have been in your industry for longer than you have. Consider their advice and learn from their experience. It absolutely matters who you know. Surround yourself with people who support your career as you support them in theirs.

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              7. Build, Build, Build

              Building relationships is integral to maintaining and boosting your professional network. Be personable and share your experiences with the people in your professional network. Be the person that others first think of for a solution, a bit of advice, or a warm welcome.

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                8. Host An Event

                The event you choose to host need not be large or elaborate. In fact, you may want to consider hosting a series of two or three smaller events, so as to include everyone. Host a dessert party, a wine tasting, or simply serve simple appetizers. In any case, everyone will be relaxed and have the opportunity to get to know you.

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                  9. Volunteer

                  Giving to others is a fantastic way to stay visible while building your professional network. The effort need not be elaborate or time-consuming. Consider an hour a week or a month to give back to the very community in which you are building your career and your reputation.

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                    10. Follow-Up

                    Always stay connected to your professional network through staying in touch. Strengthen attachments thorough listening to others in your network. Don’t ask for a series of favors, rather ask how you can be of help to the other person. In this way relationships are indelibly strengthened and maintained.

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                    Last Updated on October 18, 2018

                    50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                    50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                    Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                    It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                    It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                    Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                    Quotes for self-assurance

                    1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                      2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                        3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                          4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                            5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                              6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                                Quotes about positivity

                                7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                  8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                    9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                      10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                        11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                          12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                            13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                              Quotes for work and success

                                              14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                  16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                    17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                      18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                        19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                          20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                            21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                              22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                  24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                    25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                      26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                        27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                          28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                            29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                              30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                  32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                    33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                      34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                        35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                          36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                            37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                              38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                  40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                    41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                      42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                        43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                          44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                            45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                              Quotes about money

                                                                                                              46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                  48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                    49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                      50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                        51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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