A Networking Guide for People Who Hate People

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Author:
Jamison Vann
Source: Huffington Post

Effective networking is a skill that every professional should attempt to improve on. Talking with strangers and making quick connections may come easily to some people but prove to be quite difficult for others.

Unfortunately, I fall into that ‘other’ category…

I will be the first to admit that I have a hard time talking to people when I first meet them. No, I don’t necessarily hate people, it’s just that I would rather sit back and observe the scene first. Although this type of behavior might be acceptable at social gatherings, business functions are not the place to be a wallflower.

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Get to Know Your Colleagues to Make More Money

pingpongAuthor: Donna Svei
Source: AvidCareerist
Savvy salespeople know that their current customers are their best source of future sales and their best way to make more money.

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6 Ways To Own Your Next Networking Event

NetworkingAuthor: Michelle Riklan
Source: Careerealism

The ever-important networking event. Some people love them. Others hate them. No matter how you feel about them, it is hard to ignore their value. Regardless of what line of work someone is in, being able to get out and talk to new people and make connections is valuable. For a lot of people, networking events can generate leads or new business opportunities. Others are able to find new employment or opportunities to collaborate. Most importantly, networking events allow participants to get to know people within a community; whether it be a geographic community (e.g., regional chamber of commerce) or a community of practice (e.g., a meeting of a professional or trade organization).

While different people may have different motivations for attending a networking event, one thing is for sure, everyone wants to make a good impression. It is possible to be memorable for the wrong reasons. Making a good, memorable impression at a networking event can pay dividends in both the short- and long-run.

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Weekend Planner: December 4

Have a Great WeekendYou work hard, and you deserve a fun and relaxing weekend before heading back to the office on Monday. Luckily, this is the San Francisco Bay Area, and there is always something going on! Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.

Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.

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Technology Tuesday: November 17

xqyxtwWelcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology news stories from around the web.

This week: A new anti-aging drug, Earth’s water could be native, meaning other planets may be more likely to have water, animal hair could inspire self cleaning devices, computers with neural networks, and google takes aim at heart disease. Continue reading

Quality Connections from Networking Events

shutterstock_225200080Author: Dan Goodman
Source: Careerealism

Whether you’re the outgoing type who’s not afraid to approach anyone or more timid and shy about speaking to people you don’t know, it’s important to set goals with each networking event you attend. By setting goals, you focus on making quality connections rather than coming home with a bunch of business cards for people you may not make contact with again.

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The Six Best Ways To Find Your Next Job

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This is a fantastic article that appeared in Forbes.com recently about the best ways to find jobs, but don’t forget, The Job Shop can take the work out of the job search for you!

Author: Jorg Stegeman
Source: Forbes

Whether you recently lost your job or are ready to jump ship from your current one, the chances of your getting a new position through the want ads is next to nil. The good news is that there are many other avenues to pursue.

Start by updating your resume and your LinkedIn profile. Then come up with a brief pitch, highlighting what makes you special, that you can tailor as you approach potential contacts. Here are the best ways to harness it in your job hunt.

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