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How to Make Your Networking Pay Off

Question: Why Are you focusing so much time on networking?

Answer: To help you keep your career out of the ditch!

With the avalanche of technology and automation in the employment sourcing and screening processes, getting your resume past the indifferent resume scanning BOTS and the biases of the HR department is one steep climb.  

If you were unable to attend our Friday Lunch & Learn session, experienced technical difficulties, or would like to learn how to accelerate your career with Networking 3.0, check out the recording of this Lunch & Learn at JohnGSelf.Com. Click the red button on the right side.  The video is now available for the next 45 days, until Sunday, November 20. Along with this 30-minute presentation, you will receive a workbook to help you plan your strategy.

You Are that Unwritten Book

You are preparing for an interview.  

What do you want the interviewer to know about you that will be interesting and build engagement and trust, two essential hiring qualities.

The brilliant novelist Toni Morrison once told students at Princeton that she wrote her first book because she wanted to read it.

When you are preparing for job interviews, you must share information and insights not included on your resume or LinkedIn profile. This is important as hiring managers increasingly focus on elements of your sustainability within the organization’s culture.  

Almost every applicant I have interviewed was reluctant to deliver a compelling narrative about their knowledge and experience.  

That is too bad because most had great stories to tell and ideas to share.  

Share the information you would want to hear if you were conducting the interview.  You are that unwritten book.

Great Advice for Your Job Interview

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11:30 AM Thursday, CDT | Orientation for Networking 3.0, the new standard to build your career. Free. No reservation Required. Distributed by YouTube and LinkedIn.

Here is great advice for job interviews from a renowned screen writer and a retired TV host and a recommendation to differentiate yourself.

First the screen writer: “Never tell the viewer something they already know.” 

The prospective employer has your resume and access to your LinkedIn profile. Focus your messaging, beginning with your opening answer, with information the interviewer doesn’t know.

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The prospective employer has your resume and access to your LinkedIn profile. Focus your messaging, beginning with your opening answer, with information the interviewer doesn’t know.

Second, the TV host routinely completed each show by asking panelists, “Tell me something I don’t know?”  

Guests who wanted to be invited back, did their homework and delivered.

The lesson today is that answering questions using relevant stories is like telling the employer something they do not already know.  This approach is the type of brand differentiation that can make a big difference in your job search.  

Networking 3.0 Replacing Outdated 2.0

Old school networking 2.0, which served as the model example for career coaches for decades, is dying a fast death in the digital age.

The technological advances now require a more precise, strategic approach to networking, not a reliance on “booze and news” receptions popular at most professional meetings.

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Attending professional events replete with networking/business card swap events are less effective as technology increasingly dominates candidate sourcing and initial screening aspects of job search. The technological advances now require a more precise, strategic approach to networking, not a reliance on “booze and news” receptions popular at most professional meetings.

When 200 people apply within nine minutes of a new posting, with the online applicant success rate hovering around 150 to one, you must be more strategic and precise.

You cannot sit back and wait to meet contacts who can help you in the future. 

Your success will depend on networking 3.0.  We can guide you to success.  

4 Critical Questions Before the Screening Interview

Save the date. LIVE at 11:30 AM Thursday, CDT for this week’s free Lunch & Learn.

Our focus this week will be on Networking 3.0.

Traditional networking, also known informally as “booze and news” networking, is dying a fast death. In today’s market, you must be more strategic, and more precise. Save the date. John will see you LIVE at 11:30 AM on Thursday on YouTube and LinkedIn. Get ready to take your networking to the next level and claim your free Networking 3.0 workbook.

Today we are on focusing on questions you should ask the recruiter when you get the first call to arrange a screening interview.

  1. Have there been any changes to the job summary?
  2. Can you share any additional insights regarding the hiring manager’s preferences? 
  3. Verify whether the call will be on the telephone or a video call.  

Once the type of call, date, and time are duly recorded, the most important question is 

4. What is the scheduled length of the call?

Length is vital to help plan your responses.  It will also give you feedback; if the call ends sooner than planned, that is usually a bad sign. 

Do not allow the call to run over because your answers were not focused. 

Remember preparation is critical to success.