Maintaining Your Peer Group from Previous Organizations or Affiliations

Peers with whom you’ve previously worked, attended school, or shared a common purpose can be valuable members of your network.  This is because your shared history provides a ready resource for sharing job intel, references and referrals, making your investment in the relationship a worthwhile one. Easier said than done, right?  Since you no longer […]

Leveraging Professional Organizations to Build Your Network

Goal Clarity is Essential When Choosing Professional Organizations Professional Organizations and Associations are another place to build your referral or client network.  A clear goal, the right organization and smart participation can make your time and/or monetary investment worthwhile.  Most industries or professions have at least one professional organization and many have a wide selection […]

Leveraging Our Network: References

Reference Philosophy A reference is a testimonial of suitability to fill a specific organizational role.  When tapped to provide a reference for a colleague who is interviewing for a position, we’re being asked for an honest assessment—a particular challenge if that person wasn’t a top performer when we worked with them. We’d all like to […]

Leveraging Our Network: Introductions Etiquette

Making the effort to connect people whose relationship may be mutually beneficial is a habit of all great networkers.  The introductions you make add value for all players—you build your own value to your colleagues and connections, and simultaneously demonstrate positive regard for members of your network.   Making introductions is like corporate match-making.  When we […]