Richard N. Bolles, best selling author of What Color is your Parachute (more than 10 millions copies sold worldwide) says that we often neglect that almost anyone we meet could potentially lead us to the job we want and/or the career outcome we look for (self employed). With the power of Social networking websites, specially Facebook and LinkedIN, we are now able to visualize the connections of those we know and, as a result, get to those KEY DECISION MAKERS a lot quicker. Ignoring the power of Social Networking for career purposes is a big mistake. Nurturing your online presence has become as important as nurturing your offline. A couple of hours a week to build you personal network may be just what you need to get you moving forward. Here is the definition of Who or what a “contact” is according to Mr. Bolles (pp. 64-65):
“Every person you know.
Every member of your family.
Every person in your address book.
Every person on your Christmas-Card list, or comparable.
Every person you meet at any party you attended in the last year or two.
Every co-worker from the last five jobs.
Every person you know at the gym or athletic place.
Every person you know on any athletic team.
Every merchant your sales person you ever deal with.
Every person that comes to your apartment to do any kind of repair or maintenance work.
Every person you meet in line at the supermarket or bank. Every check out clerk you know.
Every gas station attendant you know.
Everyone who does personal work on you: your barber, hairdresser, manicurist, physical trainer, body worker, and the like. The waiters, waitresses, and manager of your favorite restaurants. All people you meet on the internet. All of those whose email addresses you have.
Every leisure partner you have, as for walking, exercising, surfing, swimming or whatever.
Every doctor, or medical professional you know.
Every professor, teacher, etc. once you knew and still know how to get hold of.
Every person in your church, synagogue, mosque, or religious assembly.
Everyone you know in Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, or other service organizations.
Every person you know at any group you belong to.
Every person you are newly introduces to.
Every person you meet, stumble across, or blunder into, during you job-hunt, whose name, address, and phone number you have the grace to ask for. (always have the grace to ask for it)”
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