7 Traits of Good Networking: Trait 7
In trait 6 we discussed social medial from a personal perspective and now we look at social media from a corporate perspective. Great networkers have an understanding of how companies work in this space as there is a lot of information available on the internet.
Trait 7. Good networkers understand how corporations use social media.
DO: Connect with employers you would like to work for or companies that are leading the field in which you have interest. Follow their Twitter account(s), like their Facebook page(s), and join their LinkedIn group.
Some companies have organisational structures on their web sites, this can be a guide to key people within the organisation, if this information is not available you can use sites like LinkedIn to build a virtual org chart of the department that you are interested in, connect with those people on Twitter & LinkedIn.
What you are looking for is commonality or shared interests as this can create conversation and thus a genuine connection.
DON’T: Stalk or annoy a person that you have no connection with as this will create a bad impression. If possible find a person you have in common and they may facilitate an introduction.
DO: Keep current with news in your industry or about companies and hiring managers you are targeting. As you see articles or posts, become a voice in the conversation by tweeting, replying, commenting about it.
These are your personal brand impressions the more you do the better, however, be smart about it only do it when you can add value in the conversations.
DON’T: Jump into every conversation without thinking about your comment and be prepared to get questions. The integrity of your interaction can be tested with questions and if you fail to back up that initial interaction with evidence of your knowledge you will create a bad impression. It is better to be quiet than try and fake knowledge or expertise.
Company web sites, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can be a great source of information about people and businesses. Do your home work before engaging in social media interactions and be thoughtful in your interactions.
Remember that networking has a karmic energy: be generous in your assistance and support of others, be genuine in the connections you make and honest in your intentions. You attract what you give out.
Wishing everyone success.
About the Author.
Lisa Blades is Executive Coach for a boutique agency Phoenix Executive Coaching. She loves helping people manifest their dreams and take control back of their career.
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