Why you want to network with job seekers

When they meet jobseekers, especially at a networking event, lots of people wrinkle their noses, considering these folks to be needy and takers as opposed to givers. Instead, job seekers are some of the people you should always have in your network. For at least three reasons.   They are networkers Whether they have always been networkers (recommended) or they only became networkers when their job search started, job seekers are actively (and proactively) networking. And there is nothing better than networking with people that actually understand networking in its real essence.   They are up to date Job seekers are very well informed people, and not just about the job market: they continually follow the news, and are refreshing their skills and competences, be it through courses or on their own. Also, as networkers, they are constantly talking to people and thus have a lot of insider knowledge, which will only become public later on, or perhaps never!   You can easily add value to them Whether they are networkers or not, job seekers will appreciate support, probably more than the average person. This way, it will be easier for you to provide value to them, and your efforts will be much more appreciated. And as we know, gratitude often translates into networking karma.   Can you think of any other reason for connecting with job seekers? Let us know!...

International offline networking from your hometown

Fancy travelling the world, but scarce time and finances don’t make it easy? You don’t have to leave your town to get to know new cultures. Not if you connect with these three categories of people.   Expats They come from all over the world, but moved to your town for work. If they are not your coworkers, you can meet them by joining associations such as InterNations, GLocals and Meetup. Some of these groups only exist locally, like ZuriGo, an expat community I host events for in Zurich. As a good super-connector, you can also start your own expat club, dedicated for instance to a specific country or language, or to a specific hobby or business theme.   Frequent travellers based in your town They come from or are based where you also live, but are often out of town. Usually, they travel during the weekend or for entire weeks if it’s for leisure, and during the week if it’s business. This latter category is mainly represented by business developers, publicists, consultants and professionals operating at exhibitions and conferences, such as speakers, interpreters and scientists. These people are constantly exposed to new places and cultures, and every trip is a new story they can tell you. Also, if you fancy a certain item from a country they will visit soon, you can ask them for a little favour. Don’t forget reciprocity though!   Travellers currently in your town They can be people on a business trip, or simply tourists. You can meet them in cafés of hotels, stations and airports. You might never see them again offline, but you can develop an online friendship if you managed to deeply connect during the short time you spent together....
3 Ideas to Combine Online and Offline Networking

3 Ideas to Combine Online and Offline Networking

By Thomas Kupferschmied   Nowadays, most people interact with their contacts both online and offline. However, only few of them have reached a balance that grants effectiveness. As a social media influencer with an active offline presence, I believe I have learned how to combine both dimensions. Here are three ideas for you to achieve this too.   Make a plan In a world of infinite opportunities, networking needs a strategy too. The key for balancing online and offline networking is considering both dimensions while setting your goals and creating your action plan. Which are your target people? On which platforms can you find them online, and in which environments can you encounter them offline? By the way, a lot of communities live on both channels – Meetups, Tweetups, InterNations and numerous Facebook groups. Make sure you take advantage of these overlaps in your strategy.   Nurture the same relationship both online and offline As I always tell my clients, in order to raise awareness your brand needs to be communicated through at least five channels – for instance, website, social media, business card, talks and one-on-one consulting. Networking works similarly: if you manage to interact with a person both online and offline, your rapport will be stronger. Therefore, if you encounter someone at an event, follow up on social media. If you interact with somebody interesting online, meet up with them for coffee. If they don’t live in your town, have a Skype chat with them.   Use convergence Convergence means attending an offline event and posting live about it using hashtags. Tweetups are the perfect example, but you can practice convergence at any event you attend. Hashtags play a fundamental role in this phenomenon. Thanks to them, I met so many interesting people that...

7 benefits of connecting people

Do you know the difference between being a networker and a connector? A connector operates on a much higher level. If I am a networker, I know this person, this person and this person, and I’m happy with it – I know people, wow! If I am a connector, I know that this person and this person have something in common, I reckon that they can benefit from meeting each other, and therefore I connect them. Being a connector offers numerous benefits. At least seven.   Adding value It may not seem like a big deal to you, because you know these people anyway, but if they have potential together and don’t know each other yet, you will give them a wonderful gift by connecting them. Amazing things can happen through a simple connection, and this way you can really add decisive value to people’s lives.   Gratitude Not only will you have added value to these people’s lives, but they will also be grateful to you. Which, let’s admit it, is a gorgeous feeling!   Networking karma Most of the times, gratitude translates into karma, which means that the people you matched will want to reciprocate the favour. Pretty often, people will return the kind of value they received. Therefore, if you provided them with a connection, they will probably give back by connecting you with an acquaintance of theirs. This way, you will have expanded your network by expanding somebody else’s.   Status At the same time, you will gain status between the people you brought together, as they will always remember you as the person who made their connection possible. Also, when someone asks them “So, how did you guys meet?”...

Why networking can save baby boomers

Are you one of those many baby boomers who have lost their job? Or are you between 50 and 65 and afraid you will be made redundant soon? If networking has always been your lifestyle, at least over the past few years, you shouldn’t worry too much. For at least three reasons.   Job search is shorter When they apply for job openings in a traditional way, most baby boomers get rejected because of their mature age and high salary expectations. On the contrary, if they apply through their network, they will be more successful. Whether they get informed by their contacts about vacancies that are not public (yet) or they apply themselves and get recommended afterwards, pre-qualification is involved, which generate trust in the recruiter.   Starting your own business is easier More and more baby boomers who have lost their job start their own business. Most of them have always been great networkers. And this is not a case. Indeed, most of the times their network is the very reason why they decided to start their own business: their first clients, partners and promoters are contacts they have known for years. Moreover, their networking skills make them great sellers and business developers, which allows for them to reach strangers too.   A new job might not be needed Most successful people just happen to be great networkers. It goes without saying that if you’ve always led a networking lifestyle, you’re probably successful, and thus wealthy. And if you’ve reached financial freedom, you might decide not too look for a new job   Baby boomer and never networked? Go start now! Not a baby boomer? Do it anyway: it’s...
Why business cards are more topical in 2016 than ever

Why business cards are more topical in 2016 than ever

“In this digital era, business cards are dead”, people tell me time and again. I respond “Business cards are more topical now than ever!”. And this for at least six reasons.   They make you stand out At events, on the street, most people are exchanging contact details digitally. If you extend a business card instead, you will surely stand out. And if your business card is actually of good quality, even better: it will be remembered, and maybe even stored after getting scanned.   They’re tangible The physical presence of a business card allows for you to actually take it into your hands, put it in your pocket and carry it home. This makes the rapport you built with your interlocutor last also after your interaction.   They work as a reminder How many times do we add people on social media still during our first meeting, they immediately accept our request and then after the interaction we forget each other forever? If you add your new contact after the event, thanks to the business card they gave you you will probably drop a follow-up line as well, which will increase chances to actually stay in touch.   They’re practical at events How many times do we miss out on potentially amazing contacts because the event was too crowded to properly exchange contact details? With business cards, all you have to do is hand it to your interlocutor, which takes about 1.849 seconds. By the way, with social phenomena such as Meetup, Tweetups and InterNations, events are definitely becoming more and more of a trend!   They represent your brand This one is especially valid for entrepreneurs. The design of your business card...