Career in Your Suitcase
A practical guide to creating meaningful work... anywhere

What does 'global network' mean?

Find out what global network means. Global network is explained by Jo Parfitt and Colleen Reichrath-Smith - authors of Career in Your Suitcase

global network

You have two kinds of network - a local one and a global one. The local one refers to the connections you make, usually face to face, with the people in your community. The global one refers to the connections you make with others elsewhere, often online. The people in your global network may be people you have actually met but many will be those you only met in cyberspace. For a successful career in your suitcase, you need both sorts of networks.

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"...confuse asking for help with self-pity or weakness. Admitting your limitations takes strength, and it bestows a kindness on others because most people like to help another person. Expatriates report that it is valuable to arrive equipped with the contact information for other expatriates from their own country. network, network and network some more! ..."

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"...Austin is a 33 year-old computer network administrator who has decided, after 12 years in the field, to change careers. He wants to spend less time with machines and more with people, but beyond this he does not know what direction he wants to head in. Does he want to stay in the computer field but ..."
"...worked with a coach who successfully helped me to make the transition from working for corporate companies to starting my own business.  His talents and expertise were just what I needed to transform my skills. His coaching and programs helped me to gain confidence to go out to start networking, presenting myself in a successful way and get more visibility. I am reaping the benefits of my hard work, perseverance and selecting the right coach!’ ..."
"...for client companies. In a nutshell, career consultants help people to find jobs, while recruiters help companies to fill positions. Recruiters are in a position to recommend qualified candidates to companies, and sometimes conduct preliminary screening interviews. Career consultants work with people on career goals, resumés and cover letters, networking, interviewing and other aspects of the job search to help them market and present themselves as effectively as possible. ..."
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"... to get a job in your chosen field. The generalist will administer and interpret career assessments, write resumés and cover letters, counsel clients on the productive use of the Internet, teach networking skills and train clients for interviewing. - When to Use a Career Consultant - ..."
"...A career consultant can be useful especially for those who have little idea about how to conduct a job search or who need an objective party who can hold them accountable for executing the several stages of the search, especially the networking. Or perhaps you feel well-qualified in general to conduct your search with the exception of one crucial step, such as the resumé. Career consultants should be willing to work with you just on this or some other component of your search. If they insist that you buy a whole ..."
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"... money out of their own pocket. In order for a job search to bear fruit, the client must be actively involved every step of the way. - networking - Despite all the hoopla surrounding the Internet, and despite its undeniable usefulness as a research tool, most people still get their ..."
"...Despite all the hoopla surrounding the Internet, and despite its undeniable usefulness as a research tool, most people still get their jobs through networking the old-fashioned way. Many people new to job hunting find networking confusing and intimidating and have little idea where to start or how to build a continually expanding web of contacts. A career consultant can correct misperceptions about networking and give clients practical advice on how to go about ..."
"...Some people are such consummate networkers that their formal documents – the resumé and cover letter – are of secondary importance. But even skilled and experienced networkers can lose their confidence when faced with a formal job interview. It’s possible to get a job without a resumé or a cover letter, but very rarely without ..."
"...No matter how qualified and resilient the job seeker, job hunting is often distressing and demoralising. Ideally, everyone has a supportive cheering section of friends and family members – but the ongoing encouragement of a professional person outside one’s usual network of support is usually valuable. ..."
"...Whether you can officially work or not, it’s naturally important that your career consultant be familiar with all of the formalities of the classic job search as well as the informalities and idiosyncrasies of the national and local culture. She should also be able to network you into relationships with both nationals and other expatriates who can help you from the ‘been-there and done-that’ vantage point. ..."

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"...By doing things for myself – networking, making contacts, working, exploring the host city, studying – I made friends and created an identity for myself (rather than being an extension of my wife). It was an identity that I could feel comfortable with and therefore other people could too, which helped my self-confidence and further increased ..."

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"...During the first decade I made and sold chutney, and taught French, creative writing and computer skills. I became a journalist, wrote manuals and newsletters and self- published a cookery book. When I noticed how desperate the local expatriates were for books I turned to network marketing and sold Dorling Kindersley books and CD-ROMs. When I heard my dinner guests commending the delicious curry our Indian housekeeper had prepared, I ran a small take away service. I soon realised problems are opportunities in disguise. ..."
"...It was through networking and offering my skills freely that I was able to go almost seamlessly (in hindsight that is) from one opportunity to the next, ultmately landing a paid contract. As I look back over the course of this transition I see a number of key events as well as some ..."
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"... dynamics of the Dutch labour market. 3. I networked and met people working in my field. My Canadian network provided some great connections for me here in the Netherlands. Through volunteering and joining networking groups I quickly broadened this network. 4. I maintained momentum and ..."
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"... groups I quickly broadened this network. 4. I maintained momentum and self-confidence, even though there were times when they wavered and I felt lost. In addition to my support network, my professional portfolio (see Chapter 6) was most helpful. 5. I allowed myself to create a mental ..."

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Chapter 2: Find Your Passion
"...‘The reality of experience was different from our expectations. Although I consider myself extremely lucky to have had that one-year time with our first daughter, studying from home the first year in a new country prevented me from developing my own network of friends and my own social circle. In addition, it was the first time for me to find myself without a job. I underestimated the impact it would have on myself not to have a status or a more social and structured occupation.’ ..."
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"... variety • Being with people • Communication • Computer skills • French • A love of food and cooking • Connecting people through informal networking • Helping people to get published These core skills and values have led me to become a journalist, author, a ..."
"...networkwas not enough for me to just help others to produce their books. I had to write my own too and in 2002, Grow Your Own networks was published as well as a second edition of Career in Your Suitcase, followed in 2004 by Find Your Passion. Yet ..."
"...1997 we were living in Norway. I’d started to compile notes for the first edition of A Career in Your Suitcase. One of the mothers from my son’s preschool, Kit Prendergast, commented that my story was inspirational and I should do a short presentation to the business women’s network there. Not one to pass up an opportunity or a challenge, I agreed. Then I worried myself silly! I was desperately nervous and, typically, wrote a complete script, word for word. On the night, however, I found people were genuinely interested and I dared to ad lib a little. ..."
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"... recalls Donna. Donna no longer runs Orange Crate. She now travels the world speaking to large groups, conferences and corporations, inspiring them in turn, with her stories of resourcefulness and networking. She shares her secrets at www.connectuscanada.com. Now it’s your turn ..."

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Chapter 3: What Can You Do?
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"... in more than one location • It is flexible enough to be adaptable to new opportunities and markets • It allows you to build a global network that is not lost when you move • It fulfills your needs • It fits around your other commitments and life responsibilities • It ..."
"...Companies like Tupperware, Avon, Forever Living and Usborne Books all operate in this way. You become a distributor, buy a start up pack at a favourable price, may receive some training and then you work at selling the product. Many network marketers sell directly to the public by hosting parties in people’s homes. But you can also make money by recruiting others to work in your team. You are responsible for motivating your team and in return you get to earn a percentage of their income. This can be very ..."
"...of good quality English books at the time and the market was ripe. Although I did my best to ensure my operations were legal, when in Oman, I discovered a local bookstore was not happy with what I was doing and put a stop to it. Not all network marketing companies have licences to trade in every country, so do make sure you check up before you barge on in, as I did. ..."
"...‘Many network marketing schemes such as this [Cabouchon] give their distributors no set monthly targets. You sell products at the usual retail price but you buy them from the manufacturer at discount. The discount increases as you sell more products. Cabouchon is a good choice of party plan product because ..."
"...such as reflexology, acupuncture, psychotherapy, beauty, hairdressing, colour and style analysis or similar areas there is a good chance this could become a portable career. While you cannot take clients with you when you move, you can take your skills and, with a good marketing strategy and networking skills, you can find new clients fast in a new location. You do need to check your qualifications are recognised in the new country though and that you will not be restricted by lack of language skills. Being a therapist can be a very portable career, but unless you ..."

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"...one else is there either, as I do not like being interrupted. Yet I do need daily social input in order to redress the balance. Working alone as I do, I still need time to brainstorm with others, preferably face to face. So I belong to a women’s business network and try to plan a few lunch or coffee meetings each month. I also run writing and career workshops and have a busy speaking career, as this gets me among people. As an authors’ mentor and publisher, I encourage face-to-face meetings rather than by email or Skype, as I ..."
"...Connect with people in every way you can, both formally and informally. Join networks, use the Internet, become a member of professional associations. Keep yourself informed of upcoming local and international conferences, workshops, seminars and professional development possibilities. These gatherings offer superb opportunities for making new contacts, for both present and future use. Try to assess the merits of women-only versus more ..."
"...to find your passion can be detrimental to your sense of happiness and wellbeing. He suggests it may be better to take your focus outside yourself and look for problems that speak to you; problems you want to be a part of the solution for. In addition to joining networks and meeting people, reading the local paper, with the help of a dictionary if you don’t speak the language, to see what people are doing, what the local issues are, what advertisements are posted and what people are asking for in the ‘wanted’ sections will give you ..."
"...read an article about a new charity whose purpose connected with my values and passions. There were looking for volunteers and, after meeting with me decided to design the perfect volunteer role for my skills, instead of filling one of their standing vacancies. This gave me the opportunity to network on a new level and that led a few steps later to my first paid contract in the Netherlands. Learning about what is of interest, concern and importance locally can give you insight into what is needed in the community. Perhaps these needs will inspire you to come up ..."
"...placements as a way to get to know a person and their skills before they commit to a longer term contract, and temporary workers provide the workforce flexibility an employer needs in today’s rapidly changing world. At the very least, temping presents a wonderful opportunity to expand your network. ..."
"...network, running a business from your computer, thanks to the marvels of broadband and the Internet, means you can create a virtual business that is also a global business. And when your clients are global you can take them with you. I will be writing more about establishing a mobile ..."
"...we talk via Skype, but in between we use email to send documents back and forth between each other. I live in Holland and use a large freelance staff of editors, proofreaders and designers, based as far afield as South Africa, Canada and Qatar. And, thanks to my global network, when I arrived here in Holland, instead of being invisible as I was when I moved back to the UK in 1997, plenty of people already knew me and greeted me like an old friend. ..."
"...networkllent new source of company information is LinkedIn. Once you have created your LinkedIn profile (see Chapter 5 — networking and Chapter 6 — Marketing Your Skills), you will have access to the plethora of information available here. Click on the ‘companies’ tab and select ‘search companies’. Enter the ..."
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"... company as compared to other similar companies Because LinkedIn is a living network, the information gathered is up to date. However, its accuracy depends on how completely the employees at a given company have built their LinkedIn profiles. The purpose of company research is not only to ..."
"...‘[I believe in] making plans, which set goals and objectives to be achieved within specified time periods. As an example, I may decide that within one month I will initiate 8 new contacts or attend 5 networking events with the goal to expand my network of contacts at a factor of “x” per function. I do the same in business by setting a realistic goal although one that will also stretch me.’ ..."
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"... sub-steps of this? • How and what will you need to research? What pieces of information are you missing at this point? • Who do I want to meet and add to my network? • Where can you find your clients/potential employers? • Where can you network? • Where will you advertise/post ..."
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"... missing at this point? • Who do I want to meet and add to my network? • Where can you find your clients/potential employers? • Where can you network? • Where will you advertise/post your CV? • What will you do for free to reach this goal? • What will you need to do/produce ..."
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"... Three international companies will contract my services with two-year agreements. 2. Clients will refer me 90% of the time to at least one person in their network because I treated them as people and not numbers. 3. I will maintain ties with my former clients by including them (with their ..."
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"... on my mailing list for ‘tip of the month for living in X’. Route Map: • I will network with people from international companies and express genuine interest in their relocation experiences • I will join clubs and groups and contributing to their success where I can • I ..."

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Chapter 5: Networking
"...close contact with their friends and family back home who adjust best, nor is it those who have a strong family unit with them on assignment. It’s the women who make new friendships who adjust most easily to their new environments. And the way we make friends is by networking. ..."
"...‘Research has shown that women with strong social networks are usually physically and emotionally healthier than those who are isolated,’ she says. ‘But when a woman moves half way round the world she is hit triply hard. Firstly, she needs the support of friends more than ever because of all the changes she encounters. Secondly, she’s now far ..."
"...When you’re trying to create work opportunities as well as a social life, nothing can kick start your career better than networking. In a new location, you can start networking straight away, if not before you arrive, by making contact with people to whom you have been referred by your contacts in the previous location. You can also use a search engine to discover other expats through their blogs and online ..."
"...We like people who are like us. We buy from people we like. How are we ever going to let people find out whether they are like us or they like us if we don’t get out there and network? And no, networking is not about handing out business cards, it is about being nice to people, sharing and making friends. Stephanie Ward of Firefly Coaching defines networking as ‘building relationships over time’. Read on to find out more. ..."
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"... friends. Stephanie Ward of Firefly Coaching defines networking as ‘building relationships over time’. Read on to find out more. The importance of networking Did you know advertised vacancies are often filled by networkers, before or while the advertisement appears? Indeed, 50 to 80 ..."
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"... importance of networking Did you know advertised vacancies are often filled by networkers, before or while the advertisement appears? Indeed, 50 to 80 percent of the positions that interest you will be filled at the ‘hidden job market’ level? These jobs are snatched up by ..."
"...These jobs are snatched up by people who are not necessarily better qualified than you, but who are better connected. People get these jobs by networking or by being part of an already existing network. networking gives you the best chance of knowing the right person in the right place at the right time. Studies of networking have demonstrated this ‘right person’ is rarely a close friend – or even a friend at ..."
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"... do and are looking for, the more likely you are that when the opportunity comes up, you will know about it before it is advertised. - Building Your network - Networking builds a web of contacts and associations. It is from your network you will most often find your next work opportunity. ..."
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"... is advertised. - Building Your Network - networking builds a web of contacts and associations. It is from your network you will most often find your next work opportunity. Learning how to network is essential to creating a portable career. Like a spider, you cannot build your whole web ..."
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"... seen for some time. Don’t forget to include people you see regularly and those you must make a special effort to reach. Your network is made up of all these people: • Family • Friends • Neighbours (past and present) • Business colleagues and co-workers (past and ..."
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"... a friendly relationship (local business owner, hairstylist, bank tellers, your estate agent, supermarket cashier) • Internet network on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter and so on Once you have established your own first level network, you will discover that the people who belong in other ..."
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"... or Twitter and so on Once you have established your own first level network, you will discover that the people who belong in other people’s networks find their way into yours. Like an elastic band your network can always expand to fit in more people. But how do you find your way ..."
"...But how do you find your way into the networks that belong to your networks? You ask. You ask a specific question based on your need. We are sure you are used to doing this in your daily life. You need a plumber but you are new in town and know very few people. You are desperate and so ..."
"...Mention the word ‘networking’ and many people raise their eyes to the ceiling as they conjure up pictures of brash, aggressive types, thrusting business cards into the palms of complete strangers. It should not be like that, particularly if it’s to produce the desired outcome. We could just as easily call the subject ..."
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"... in return. However, those presents he receives are of such value it makes it all worthwhile. This is the abundance mentality at work. Where to network? Of course we don’t need to join a professional organisation in order to start networking. It’s just as easy to make contacts in the ..."
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"... mentality at work. Where to network? Of course we don’t need to join a professional organisation in order to start networking. It’s just as easy to make contacts in the school playground or supermarket queue. But sometimes we need a little help. For those like me who want to work ..."
"...For those like me who want to work while they are abroad, the best kind of networking starts with getting to know people of all kinds in all places. In time those people can become friends. If you’re as passionate about your business as you are about making friends, then those often friends become your clients too. ..."
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"... as you are about making friends, then those often friends become your clients too. ‘I make my own business cards and spread the word. I join professional and other groups and network as much as I can.’ Kitty, American in Norway, www.careerinyoursuitcase.com CLUBS All over the ..."
"...I (Jo) remember, back in the early nineties, living in Dubai with two young children and an oft-absent husband made the days seemed endless. It was then I joined a group called Mother to Mother. Back then I didn’t class this volunteer group as a network, but that’s exactly what it was. The monthly coffee mornings became a lifeline to me. There were lots of toys for the children and the chance for some adult conversation for me. But this group offered much more besides. There was a library of child related books and ..."
"...In 1996 when my family moved to Stavanger in Norway I experienced the benefits of networks within a day of arriving. My husband was working for Schlumberger, a large oilfield services provider, and their spouses’ association (SSA) is run on a voluntary basis by the spouses themselves. There are now around 100 active chapters worldwide. Shell Global Outpost has its own ..."
"...to live and fur-lined clothing. Then I received a phone call from Maureen who introduced herself as my appointed welcomer from the SSA. The next day she visited me in person, armed with flowers and a welcome basket. Inside I found a local street map, newsletters from various local networks and information about pre- schools. I also had the luxury of a real live adult to bombard with questions about living in snowy Scandinavia. Importantly, I also received an invitation and the offer of a lift to the next SSA coffee morning. Despite having already spent ten years with ..."
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"... to advertise in their monthly newsletter, the creative writing classes I hoped to run. My first course was soon fully booked. PROFESSIONAL networkS AND ASSOCIATIONS My professional life has always been important to me, of course, and so I (Jo) also joined a group for working women that ..."
"...networkessional life has always been important to me, of course, and so I (Jo) also joined a group for working women that called itself Women’s International network (WIN). I don’t mind admitting it took me almost five months to pluck up the courage to go along. When I arrived I ..."
"...When I returned to England in 1997 I had a tough time repatriating my career, but it was harder still to repatriate my identity. After nine months of feeling I did not belong, I decided to start a women’s professional network of my own. Four years later, I was still on the committee of Women Connecting Women (WcW) with a database of 200 regulars. Find out how I set it up later in this chapter. ..."
"...member of Connecting Women was the first thing on my agenda. In fact I was their speaker at my very first meeting. Six months later I grabbed the opportunity to be on the board. This was a wise decision and helped me to make firmer friends and a stronger network. It also gave me the opportunity to stand up and speak at the monthly meetings about my role as workshop co-ordinator, which raised my profile in the local community. Volunteering to do something which benefited my business directly was a bonus: while I organised the promotion of the ..."
"...Similarly, I (Colleen) joined the Dutch Association for Career Professionals (NOLOC) as one of my first steps towards developing the local network I need to create and sustain my career here. Often referred to as ‘The old school tie network’ or the ‘old boys network’, professional associations are a frequent source of business. Clients are often referred to you and you can engage in projects with fellow members of the association. ..."
"...me a number of clients. Even later she and I partnered up to develop a series of career workshops for parents of school- age children. They were the only two people I met at that meeting, but they turned out to be key members of my new local professional network and have definitely made a world of difference for my career. ..."
"...networkthe first month I could not cope. I could not face going out because I couldn’t communicate in Norwegian. I sat at home and read most of the time. It was so demoralising. After visiting a couple of shops I was exhausted and had to come home again. The Petroleum ..."
"...in focus. Many will have chat groups you can join, Facebook pages and blogs you can follow and ‘like’ or comment on, or electronic newsletters (ezines) such as Jo’s called The Inspirer. All will be a source of contacts, inspiration and information to share with others in your networking. ..."
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"... www.expatwomen.com www.expatica.com www.paguro.net To help you to connect with other expatriates in your new location before you arrive. Try www.newcomersclub.com to find out about existing networking groups. Online networks Of course, there are plenty of networks out ..."
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"... with other expatriates in your new location before you arrive. Try www.newcomersclub.com to find out about existing networking groups. Online networks Of course, there are plenty of networks out there that exist solely online. Ecademy (www.ecademy.com) has hundreds of thousands of members ..."
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"... networks Of course, there are plenty of networks out there that exist solely online. Ecademy (www.ecademy.com) has hundreds of thousands of members worldwide and real time meetings. Members can post their profile, join forums and search for and connect with other Ecademists. LinkedIn ..."
"...2012 the LinkedIn network was growing by two new members per second and more than 64% of its 200+ million members were located outside the United States. Here, you do not make connections with strangers right away like at Ecademy. Instead, you invite people you already know to link with you and then ..."
"...Both of these are great ways to grow a client-base out of your current personal network. Accept it is not possible to keep your professional and personal networks separate in this age of social media and that people want to do business with other people. It is about building authentic relationships. Take the time to build an online profile or brand consistent with your ..."
"...follow anyone who interests you, even famous authors and professionals in your field. See what others are Tweeting, find what you consider to be effective Tweets and choose how you want to use this for yourself. Give yourself some time for the learning curve of Tweeting effectively for networking purposes and finding your own Tweeting style. There are many apps and tools available to help manage your Tweets effectively. Your Twitter account can be connected to your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles. ..."
"...Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) is a very popular newcomer to the social networking scene, seeking to connect people through their common interests. It is helpful for people who are visual or work in visual ways. Like Facebook, you build a profile, but this time a visual one, of things you like that express who you are. If you like something you can ..."
"...Whatever you do, use these online networking tools consistently and with integrity and authenticity: you are building your online identity or brand. Make sure it is accurate and reflects who you are professionally. Use the appropriate settings to keep your personal online activities personal. Be creative and find ways to connect online regularly in ..."
"...‘I have found online networking to be an excellent tool – especially the site www.linkedin.com. This is a professional networking site and the more information one is willing to share about themselves the better results received. Through LinkedIn networking I was contacted by an international American firm to assist with ..."
"...Maintaining and expanding your network is also possible through blogging and newsletters to which people can subscribe or follow. Find a number of good ones to follow and you will receive a constant stream of information and insights, See Chapter 7 — Starting for Yourself for more information on developing your own blogs and ..."
"...network years ago, when I (Jo) was living in Norway, I subscribed to Writers News magazine. One day I spotted a small feature about a lady called Bobby Meyer, who had started an enterprising new publication called Dual Career network. I was so inspired by her initiative I got in ..."
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"... of that phone call. She then moved to Singapore, and ran our workshop there. Making contact with others who are writing, publishing and contributing content to the Internet is a wonderful way to expand your network. GLOBAL OR LOCAL? We believe for a portable career to be sustainable and ..."
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"... expand your network. GLOBAL OR LOCAL? We believe for a portable career to be sustainable and productive you should develop both local and global networks. We need global networks so that our clients are not reliant on the place in which we live. When I (Jo) lived in Dubai, Oman and ..."
"...When I (Jo) lived in Dubai, Oman and Norway, before the Internet, I lost my clients with every move and had to begin again elsewhere. Now, thanks to cyberspace, my clients come from all over the world. I can build an online network of mentors, mentees, clients, potential clients and information sources that grows with every passing year. If I look at the invoices I sent out during the past year, I see that less than 20% of my income is generated from within the Netherlands. Having a global network has ..."
"...So, why do we need a local network? We need a local network because working alone in a home office can be dull and lonely. As a writer and poet I (Jo) need to get out there among real people to get inspired. I crave real time, face-to-face, contact. While I acknowledge that I am able to ..."
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"... Like I said earlier, I need a balance of extrovert and introvert activity. I am lucky to have been able to create a career that allows me to do both. This is why I belong to local networks, attend local events, talk to local groups and teach workshops to local folk. This is where I get my energy. ..."
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"... either in this country, or in the place they move to next, about us. Simply put, we believe that both local and global networks are essential to a portable career and we need to make an effort to grow and nurture them both. Global networks A global network can be established in two ..."
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"... that both local and global networks are essential to a portable career and we need to make an effort to grow and nurture them both. Global networks A global network can be established in two ways: • Connecting with people when you are overseas and adding them to your database or ..."
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"... are essential to a portable career and we need to make an effort to grow and nurture them both. Global networks A global network can be established in two ways: • Connecting with people when you are overseas and adding them to your database or LinkedIn network • Connecting ..."
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"... and nurture them both. Global networks A global network can be established in two ways: • Connecting with people when you are overseas and adding them to your database or LinkedIn network • Connecting with people you have not met previously through the Internet or publications and ..."
"...You do not need to issue a newsletter in order to stay in touch with your network. You may prefer a more personal approach, contacting a small number of people individually. I attempt to do both and tend to stay in closest contact with those with whom I have a special connection or those I realise do more work with me than others. In other ..."
"...It is only by establishing a global network that you can have a global presence and a reputation all over the world. Then, when you are next on the move the chances are you will know someone when you arrive. Seth Godin’s Tribes is about our ability to create and lead global communities through the technology available ..."
"...‘I have always maintained all my contacts and networked like crazy. In fact the only reason I found a job in BP was because I met up with an old friend who mentioned a rumour that EDS [my former employer when I had lived in Houston] were putting together a proposal with BP in Stavanger. I made ..."
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"... in his office of his team from 20 years earlier. I was in that photograph.’ Alice, British in Norway, www.careerinyoursuitcase.com Local networks As I (Jo) said earlier, I need to be with people regularly and cannot work alone all the time. It is important to me that I have a ..."
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"... networks As I (Jo) said earlier, I need to be with people regularly and cannot work alone all the time. It is important to me that I have a reputation in the location in which I live and so I work hard to establish a local network too. Being on the board of Connecting ..."
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"... to establish a local network too. Being on the board of Connecting Women in The Hague really helped here. I need a local network in order to ensure enough people know about my regular workshops and my publishing service and to have customers for my books. Here are some of the ways that I ..."
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"... my publishing service and to have customers for my books. Here are some of the ways that I achieve this: • I attend meetings of local networks, both social and professional. • I belong to a local business club • I write for local magazines and websites, ensuring my name and ..."
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"... to make it easy for them to do that. ‘I put out a newsletter called Paris Gourmet every three months that also lists cooking classes and weekend gastronomy tips. I also network within the many English-speaking interest and study groups in Paris.’ Sue Y, English in France, ..."
"...If you prefer the idea of making networking part of your routine and timetabling it for a set day and time every week, then you may like to try joining a breakfast club. Business networking International www.bni.com (BNI) has been around for more than 25 years and now has chapters in 57 countries worldwide. Members pay an ..."
"...networking is about sharing our individual resources,’ they write. This is what makes the business networking format so successful — groups of business skills are brought together for the benefit of all. Members are expected to give to the group and know it is their giving that will make it succeed.’ ..."
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"... together for the benefit of all. Members are expected to give to the group and know it is their giving that will make it succeed.’ Men and networks Dr Copeland’s research proved without doubt that local friendships are of vital importance on overseas assignment, particularly for ..."
"...While men need to make new friends on location as much as women, they appear to feel happiest when their involvement is not too far removed from their ‘comfort zone’. Often the local squash club or playing in a local band will be the best place for them. Other networking options men might enjoy include starting a book club reading professional books or a cycling club. ..."
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"... place for them. Other networking options men might enjoy include starting a book club reading professional books or a cycling club. Employees need networks too Networks are vital for business, which is why large multinational corporations and even government ministries are offering ..."
"...networks are vital for business, which is why large multinational corporations and even government ministries are offering networking workshops to their employees. A growing number of companies encourage networking among their own employees; Sony Semiconductors runs monthly networking lunches with a visiting speaker. With the retention of key staff a major objective for the employer, it makes sense to facilitate relationship building and true friendships between colleagues. ..."
"...Because of the increased use of short term contracts employers are finding it beneficial if the people currently there can network effectively. A short term contract in one department can lead to another in a different department if you network and that is more effective for both you and the employer. ..."
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"... You can have the best product or experience in the world, but if you want to maximise potential you need to be seen by your clients or the people who can offer you work. Relationship building is key to this. Below are some of the key skills you need to network and build relationships effectively. ..."
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"... work. Relationship building is key to this. Below are some of the key skills you need to network and build relationships effectively. - networking Skills - Connecting It is said most people have a personal network of 250. As mentioned earlier, each of those contacts will, in turn, have ..."
"...It is said most people have a personal network of 250. As mentioned earlier, each of those contacts will, in turn, have his or her own contacts. Ask your contacts to connect you with someone in their network. Check if they have a LinkedIn profile, a newsletter, blog, Facebook page or Twitter account and suggest to people in ..."
"...you with others. In fact, they offer to connect you before you have even asked. It is worth nurturing contact with these valuable people. In his book, The Tipping Point, author Malcolm Gladwell calls these connecting people ‘mavens’ because of their knowledge, connections and ability to influence their network. ..."
"...solid foundation for a relationship is usually created if you start off with being connected by a mutual friend. In this way, your initial conversation is not a cold call. Instead it begins in a much warmer place. If you can, be introduced to someone at a party or network event, but many such connections are initiated online. When we make Internet connections for our friends we tend to send an email to both the people we want to introduce, and say something along the lines of ‘Jane meet Sue, Sue meet Jane. Jane is an interior designer who ..."
"...I (Colleen) am not a natural networker. networking is a skill I have learned and have come to really enjoy. I find that when networking is more about someone other than me I can do it very well. So I take the focus off of myself and enjoy learning about other people. When I see someone ..."
"...Here we are again, back with one of our favourite words. Passion can make all the difference to networking. I (Jo) have even run a networking seminar called ‘Passion, Presents and Persistence’. I expect you are beginning to understand how the name came about! We’ve talked about presents already, but it pays to repeat it here as we believe that presents are an aspect of networking people ..."
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"... Remember when networking we want to stop focussing on how many business cards of our own still linger untouched in our jacket pocket. We want to build authentic connections. And there is no better way to do this than to talk about something you have in common, not related to business. ..."
"...article, the name of a website, the list is endless. Listen to what people say and consider what gifts you could give them as they talk. If they are complaining that they need a language teacher, make them a recommendation. If they say they need clients, tell them about networking groups and so on. Find out what they are passionate about and offer presents based on that passion. So, if someone says they love climbing, tell them about a mountain climbing society, magazine or enthusiast they might like to meet. Presents, particularly when they relate to passion, can ..."
"...If you attend a networking event or club only once or twice you are not likely to make friends or business contacts, nor are you likely to sign up new clients. Friendship and trust are built up over time. Many people attend just one meeting at Connecting Women and then never return. No one ..."
"...Remember the mavens we mentioned earlier? The people in your network who are particularly good at referring you to new clients or giving you presents? Saying thank you to these people may seem an obvious thing to do, but you’d be surprised how many people fail to do this simple act. You don’t need to buy flowers, take them to ..."
"...when there is a connection formed on an intuitive and subconscious level believes Mary Farmer. As mentioned earlier, we are more likely to buy from, agree with and support someone we can relate to than someone we can’t. Learning how to build rapport is an essential component of networking and building relationships. ..."
"...occurs naturally with people we like, so pay attention and see if you can catch yourself doing it already. Practice with your friends and family to become more conscious of how you are already doing it, how it works and to be able to do it ‘naturally’ when networking professionally. ..."
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"... and thoughts. The real key to establishing rapport is flexibility, genuine interest in another and not assuming everyone has the same map of the world as we do. Using rapport as a networking skill will be most effective when it comes from a genuine interest in the other. ..."
"...Public speaking and giving presentations, workshops and seminars can give your work or business the edge. We think it is the most productive form of networking one can do. How else can you attend a meeting of some kind and ensure every single person in that room goes home knowing who you are and what you can offer? ..."
"...I (Jo) learned to present in an unthreatening and wholly supportive environment back in 1996. Since then I’ve never looked back. In Stavanger, Norway, I belonged to the women’s networking group, WIN. Today I give credit to WIN for much of what I have achieved. Not only were there monthly meetings with a motivational speaker, but a number of sub-groups for WIN members to join. No fee was charged and members met once a month, informally in each other’s ..."
"...present a three-hour workshop on the same subject to a group of about 20 expatriate women. A year later I presented the same workshop to more than 100 people at the 1998 Women on the Move Conference in Paris. Since then I have offered keynotes, seminars or workshops to networking groups, companies and conference delegates all over the world. ..."
"...myself put into positions where speaking was part of the role. I have addressed groups as large as 750 speaking as the president of a provincial professional association and have also provided keynotes and conference sessions. One of my more recent experiences was presenting at an International Day networking event for the Undutchables employment agency. ..."
"...by the organisers. Those speakers with a service or product to sell are often happy to fund their own travel expenses for the opportunity of showing their face and addressing a captive audience. There are many ways to be paid for speaking to audiences, but this section is about networking and so we will concentrate on the pro bono variety. ..."
"...network the conference delegates will have arrived alone. Whilst talking to total strangers can be daunting, striking up a conversation with the speaker you have just heard is much easier. Similarly, speakers find it as easy to start chatting to someone they have seen in their session as to a ..."
"...Since that first presentation at WIN I (Jo) have now spoken to organisations and corporations all over the world. A month doesn’t pass when I don’t speak to my target market. Usually I am paid to speak. But one thing that does not change is the networking potential of these engagements. When Woman Abroad magazine was first launched on the international market, we decided to market it by giving away up to ..."
"...20,000 copies of each issue. In order to do this many publishers often buy numerous databases of potential customers. We bought none. Thanks to the exponential effect of contacting all the people I’ve met along the way and asking them to tap into their own networks, we accessed hundreds of thousands worldwide. ..."
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"... making sure you always end with the emotion you want to leave people with. Topics I can present on: Places I can present: How to create a formal network Before I (Jo) learned how profitable existing networks could be, I had inadvertently been creating my own wherever I had been ..."
"...Before I (Jo) learned how profitable existing networks could be, I had inadvertently been creating my own wherever I had been living. Writing was my passion and I needed to be around other creative people in order to feel fulfilled. When I arrived in Dubai I decided to set up a Writers’ Circle. Getting started only involved ..."
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"... the companionship of my writers’ circle was essential for me overseas. I immediately started one and now rarely miss a meeting. CREATING A networkING GROUP To create a local networking group, start off by determining the group’s focus and target market. When I (Jo) formed Women ..."
"...To create a local networking group, start off by determining the group’s focus and target market. When I (Jo) formed Women Connecting Women I decided I wanted to create a place where women would feel supported, make friends, learn, develop their careers and their sense of self, and would be affordable. I wanted to ..."
"...friends to come along and swell the numbers this first time. I promised I wouldn’t expect them to attend again unless they wanted to. We had 50 at that first meeting, and from my friends I found three people who would do a short talk on the value of networking. ..."
"...A more targeted level of networking is arranging information interviews. This is when you organise a meeting with someone, not to ask for a job, but to research information about the company, a field of work or career. This will take the company and occupational research you have already done in Chapter 4 — ..."
"...First review your current network to see any of them are working in the area or company of interest to you. You can broaden this search by posting it in a LinkedIn or Facebook status update. If no one you know has the direct information you are looking for, ask if one of them ..."
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"... you plan to ask so that they see you are prepared and know what is expected. 5. Use the networking skills described earlier in this chapter and share information you have that may be of interest to them. 6. During the course of the interview, provide additional detail about ..."
"...note or email in which you restate the key information for you from the meeting. Stay in touch to let them know what you have done with the information they provided and how they have helped you. Through these appropriate continued contact points they can become part of your network. ..."
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"... 8. Conclusion Notes: Additional copies of this form are available for download at www.careerinyoursuitcase.com Fear of networking People who are naturally outgoing may feel more comfortable with networking than their more reserved counterparts, but this does not ..."
"...People who are naturally outgoing may feel more comfortable with networking than their more reserved counterparts, but this does not necessarily mean they are better at it. Introverts usually have valuable gifts on which they can capitalise - the capacity to listen attentively, ask thoughtful questions and execute thorough follow-up. ..."
"...And networking gets easier once you take the plunge. Like other mentally and emotionally challenging tasks, it resembles the lift-off of a rocket. It takes the most energy at the beginning — making your first couple of telephone calls and setting out on your first meeting or two. As you gather ..."
"...Still, however much you know you need to network, it can be a daunting prospect. Do you remember, I (Jo) told you how long it took me to pluck up courage to attend that first WIN networking meeting in Stavanger? And I would say I’m fairly extroverted. Going up to complete strangers is difficult, but usually more so ..."
"...You join a network because you want to meet people with whom you have something in common, or who can teach you something. You join a network because you feel you may have something to offer the members. There is no difference between joining the school parent teachers’ association and a professional network. ..."
"...When you attend this kind of event, begin by introducing yourself to some people you may know vaguely, reminding yourself that they were strangers once. If you stand around waiting for your nervousness to evaporate, you may grow more scared. Take it from untold numbers of the formerly networking phobic — the fear of networking is far worse than the networking itself. So the sooner you swing into action the sooner you’ll feel better. ..."
"...Attending a conference alone can be even more daunting. Focusing on helping others to connect and feel comfortable will take the focus off of yourself and make you seem like a super-networker to others. Of course, you will find all the people in the room will be more than happy to talk about themselves — so if you do find yourself faced with no one talk to, you can confidently approach a stranger and ask them why they came, what they ..."
"...Will Kintish is a networking expert based in the UK who runs Kintish www.kintish.co.uk. I (Jo) attended one of his workshops at a Professional Speakers Association conference www.professionalspeaking.biz. He recommends that it is best to make a beeline for someone else who is standing alone, and to introduce yourself to them. However, if everyone ..."
"...Andy Lopata, www.lopata.co.uk, speaks and writes about networking strategy. In his book, And Death Came Third, he recommends the best way to make conversation with a stranger is to ask open questions, those questions that do not expect a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer, and to listen more than you talk. ..."
"...If you find yourself networking consciously or unconsciously as much as we do, it can be hard to keep track of the new contacts you make. You can never hope to remember everyone you meet, or to keep in touch with them all. Inviting them to join your network on LinkedIn or Facebook will ..."
"...LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter allow you to develop specific lists through labelling. As I mentioned earlier, I have a database of local people for this same reason. This allows me to keep on giving them ‘presents’ and it keeps me in their minds. What categories of people can your network members be divided into and what types of information or ‘presents’ can you share with them? ..."
"...Equip yourself so you can keep track of all these contacts, and try to keep contact details updated as people often move or change email addresses. This is where online networking tools like LinkedIn and Facebook are handy as people update their profiles and contact information themselves. Every now and again, flick back through these records to remind yourself just how many people you know and who you have ..."

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"...known as a CV or resume. You will need to write a cover letter or email to accompany and introduce a CV or proposal. Few jobs and contracts are offered until at least one, often face-to-face, interview has taken place. Even if you are offered a position through your networking efforts, you will probably still need to supply the required documentation to meet some procedural requirements. The society in which we now look for work is more competitive, complicated and confusing than a generation ago. Much of this has to do with the accelerated pace ..."
"...There are many ways to find out what career opportunities are waiting to be discovered by you. Even though most people get their jobs through networking, it is important to support this with good research. For example, finding out which skills seem to be in demand, and how frequently certain companies appear to be hiring, can provide you with information regarding the stability or growth of a business. John Krumboltz says, ‘luck happens when ..."
"...button for people looking to work for them. Look for the names of companies operating in your area and visit their websites to research what kinds of positions are currently available. Even if the kind of work you want is not currently advertised, you can contact them for a networking or information interview or submit an open application, in person if possible, so you are already in their database if that position does become available. ..."
"...Often the free newsletters produced by businesses, local networks and clubs are a source of information about work opportunities. Some may be voluntary positions, but don’t disregard unpaid work as it can provide valuable and meaningful experience as well as a stepping-stone to paid opportunities. Don’t forget to read the headlines watching for potential ways you can network ..."
"...Keep an eye out for organisations that seek out locally available vacancies and then compile an email or online list of vacancies for you to view. Some of the Shell Outpost networks available to Shell spouses create such a list and distribute it by email. Often you will find a local organisation or website specialising in newcomer services will compile a similar list. There may also be a government website and service that lists work opportunities. At the least, these resources ..."
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"... are a journalist, you can find information on projects around the globe through email bulletins such as ‘Jobs for Journalists’ from the European Journalist network at www.ejc.nl and at www.freelance.com. A criticism of this type of website expressed by Nick Usborne, as quoted in Future ..."
"...quoted in Future Expat’s online book Untether Yourself, is that it turns your service or skill into a commodity where the level of competition is the price alone and not your talents. Don’t underestimate the value of the specific knowledge, experience and skills you have. Always use your network and previous clients to keep contracts coming your way. Offer your services for free at first to build up a source of referrals. More on this is available in Chapter 7 —Working for Yourself. ..."
"...attended an HR job fair and really enjoyed the stimulation of the workshops (which were free). Afterwards I had the opportunity to meet the presenter and ask a question and thank them. Saying thank you is a great way to open a conversation, especially if this type of networking doesn’t come naturally for you. ..."
"...We suggest you use these fairs primarily as a networking and information gathering opportunity. Don’t expect an immediate job offer to result. With good preparation beforehand, a career fair can be enjoyable and interesting. Bring your networking CV, your business cards (ones you have made up specifically for your work search) and a notepad and pen. Dress as if ..."
"...Social Media is revolutionizing the world and the way we connect with each other. This includes how we are networking and finding out about work opportunities. Do not underestimate the value of these tools for finding opportunities in today’s labour market. Online work search today is more than posting your CV on a website or reviewing job listings. It is about developing a relationship with your potential employer’s recruiter ..."
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"... LinkedIn is a key location to search for work opportunities. Connect with your network here to let them know you are interested in working with a certain company or looking for a specific opportunity. That way you will be one of the first to be informed when something becomes available. ..."
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"... available. Research company profiles on LinkedIn and see how your network connects you to them. Approach these contacts to share information and network your way closer to the company itself. Join LinkedIn groups where you can participate in discussions with these contacts. Potential ..."
"...search available including ‘the who button’ and ‘BeKnown’. Another way to use Facebook for your work search is to follow their job hunting and careers pages. The Branchout app has over three million jobs and 20,000 internships and can be used to leverage your Facebook network and strategically get introduced to others (http://branchout.com). ..."
"...Twitter is another way to communicate your perspectives and expertise to your network as well as let them know about what specific kind of opportunities you are looking for. You can Tweet about information and opportunities you hear about that you want to pass along to your network. Tweeting with a recruiter can help them get to know you and allow you ..."
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"... of expertise. Others You may be a member of other similar sites like Pinterest, which is gaining momentum, or sites that are more targeted to your specific work or location. Explore how you can use them effectively and ethically to network for work search purposes. Of all the methods to ..."
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"... search purposes. Of all the methods to find opportunities, social media tools most closely align with some of the benefits of in person networking and may end up being much more effective for the work searcher than the first wave of Internet work search tools has been. Interestingly ..."
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"... virtual and real experiences. Source: Virtual Reality and Social networks Will Be a Powerful Combination, Jeremy N. Bailenson, Jim Blascovich (accessed 22-12-2012at http://spectrum.ieee.org). See their Infinite Reality book trailer at www.infinitereality.org. While this claim challenges ..."
"...While this claim challenges some of our strongest beliefs about networking, I do find that having a picture beside the comment of the person in my LinkedIn groups helps me (Colleen) feel like I know or am getting to know the different members when we are contributing to discussions. Use these social media sites to actively network your way to ..."
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"... Be aware that potential employers are also using social media to access your network and perform ‘back door’ reference checks. Make sure your online image is clean and consistent with your desired work. Remember you can use this same technique to research the potential employer yourself. ..."
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"... making a plan to create this for yourself. All of these are contained in this book! Make sure to balance out your more passive Internet activities with a number of active networking and in person activities. - Creating Your Own Opportunities - Brand you Personal branding has become a ..."
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"... Build a ‘tribe’ as Seth Godin would call it Market yourself — even if you are employed keep your ears to the ground and network, promote, advertise and sell yourself and your skills. This is even more applicable when you are in a new market Take advantage of opportunities — network, be ..."
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"... sell yourself and your skills. This is even more applicable when you are in a new market Take advantage of opportunities — network, be proactive, take opportunities as they arise, make things happen Assets You need to establish what makes you special. Value your background, ..."
"...transition. I (Colleen) found by reviewing the accomplishments and activities preserved in my portfolio I was reminded of my passion and what I was capable of before I moved to a new country and had to learn a new language. It gave me the motivation to make one more networking effort and take another step in the direction of what I most wanted, instead of settling for what I feared might be my only option. ..."
"...A formal work search generally means preparing a CV (curriculum vitae) and cover letter as well as going through an interview process whereby the employer or contract- provider selects the successful candidate. It is possible that through networking you have already ‘got the job’ but you need to provide the required documentation to formalise it. Here we provide an overview of the tools needed for this process and tips to prepare them well. ..."
"...terms, an academic CV is a much longer document and includes details of all published papers, qualifications, research and presentations. Traditionally there have been three kinds of CV: the chronological, the functional and the combination. More recently some new forms of CV have been developed: the visual and the networking CV. ..."
"...The networking CV allows you to follow-up your elevator pitch and elaborate your skills further. It is not targeted at a specific company or job opening but at opportunities in your desired career direction or business sector. Using the vision of your ideal opportunity to guide you, write your networking ..."
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"... elements of the above CV’s formats. Vehicles which also perform similar functions to a networking CV include your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook page and Pinterest collection. They are all ways to profile your skills, experience, interests and values. GETTING IT RIGHT The saying, ..."
"...Once you are over the first hurdle of preparing your marketing documents, the next hurdle usually presents itself. We say usually, because through networking you may already have secured the job and later simply need to supply the documentation to make it official. The interview is a natural part of the process of discovering opportunities and determining if they are for you (and you for them). ..."
"...networkand the principles of establishing rapport (see Chapter 5 — networking) and use them with everyone you meet at the company and during the interview Select your clothing in advance of the interview day and ensure it is ready. Visit the company in advance (or review their online pictures) to ..."
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"... while making eye contact with all panel members • Find as many ways to agree with the interviewers as possible • Enjoy meeting new people and expanding your network • Follow-up with a thank you email • Use the interview record form at the end of this chapter and online ..."
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"... get the work. ‘Backdoor references’ are being conducted more frequently by recruiters using social networking to connect with former and current colleagues and gather additional information about you. Whether it’s ethical or not, it is happening and helpful to know about. Thank you and ..."
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"... qualities and values she was able to exude an authentic confidence in the interview. Also send a thank you after information interviews and when people in your network share information and tips with you. INTERVIEW RECORD SHEET What is your first impression of the employer? Which of your ..."

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"...no more coffee breaks or lunches in the company cafeteria with ‘the gang’. The consultant can go from project to project, never developing close or lasting relationships. One antidote to this is to join a breakfast group or other support group for small business owners or consultants, a local networking group, or a forum or trade association. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce to learn about local entrepreneurial networking groups. These types of networks can empathise with and understand your problems and concerns in a way your clients and even your family can’t. You may also be ..."
"...I (Colleen) have collaborated in developing and co-facilitating workshops with other freelancers many times over the course of my career. I find it’s a natural way to develop my network and share resources for mutual benefit. It makes my work more enjoyable as well. During the last 25 years I (Jo) have also partnered with many others on a project-by-project basis. In Dubai, when I worked at the recruitment agency, running a computer training department, having an alliance with ..."
"...strengths and weaknesses, so why not consider working in a team with a selection of other people? First, identify people whose area of expertise complements yours but with whom you share a common passion or purpose. I (Colleen) know I am great at having ideas, talking to people, teaching, networking and writing. But marketing, administration and filing are not in my list of favourite things to do. I believe it is better to focus on your strengths rather than expend energy trying to improve on the things you do well. If you put your best efforts into the things ..."
"...Bartering can take all shapes and forms. A friend of mine (Colleen) designed my first website for me for a bottle of wine. Another friend of mine joined a bartering network and taught mosaicing skills in exchange for haircuts. The same can be done for many other skills and services. What skills do you have? What do people ask for your help with? Ask them if you can exchange it for learning from one of their areas of expertise. ..."
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"... yourself to the idea for the next five years or more? How well does this business fit in with the rest of your life? Are you plugged into the right networks to pursue your idea? Do you know the difference between a product and a business? (Having a good product is only one part of business ..."
"...out what makes them succeed, or fail. Is it because they have a prime location? That they offer out of hours service? That they have cool offices? That their overheads are low? They have great brochures? Are cheap? Or that the boss is a great networker? ..."
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"... no competition. Here are some ways other than the Internet to find your competitors: • Check the member lists of networking groups, professional groups, business groups and Chambers of Commerce. • Ask people who have been living in your location for a while, even your local expat ..."
"...To find out about going rates or prices, you will ideally want to network with business and social contacts in your new area. You can speak to someone who provides similar services or someone you know who has used services similar to yours. Check also the prices on websites of businesses providing similar products and services. ..."
"...a marketing opportunity and use all available avenues. Don’t lock yourself inside a box. Use both printed and electronic media. Join groups and organisations that are like-minded, compatible and complementary to your business. Know your competition. Take advantage of any and all networking opportunities. Remember to provide some services gratis and consider volunteering for charitable organisations as well. People remember those who take the extra initiatives.’ ..."
"...Informal networking can be one of the biggest sources of business development. Word of mouth is the best marketing tool available. Don’t keep your new business venture a secret. As you meet people in your new community (at professional meetings, a synagogue or church, social gatherings) introduce yourself and your new ..."
"...networketworking. I (Colleen) recently received a bottle of wine from the local garage mechanic because it was December 23 and in an unrelated event the bill for my dinner out was tucked into a gift CD of two music singles of the restaurant owner’s music. Find your own unique way ..."
"...Ideally, every Tweet you send should include a link to a website. If you are short on ideas then reTweet other people’s Tweets. This has the knock-on benefit of helping you to build relationships with the people you reTweet. I (Jo) find Twitter to be great for networking. I link it to my Facebook and LinkedIn accounts so whatever I Tweet is automatically posted in multiple locations. ..."
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"... space requirements for your home office What equipment do you need: Computer Printer Software Separate telephone number Ergonomic office furniture Internet connection Wireless router or network Technical support Virtual assistant support Financial administration support Family ..."
"...‘The hardest part is to combine social availability with work schedule. In my network few people work and they have got the time and the desire to pop-in, therefore finding the right balance is essential to avoid being removed from the social scene for lack of response and yet prevent to be overwhelmed by it. After all who would not trade a menial ..."

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Chapter 8: For the Journey
"...a temporarily shelved career. Margaret Chapman, author of The Emotional Intelligence Pocketbook, recommends four essential actions you can take to stay self- motivated. She suggests we employ positive self-talk, think about our inspirational mentors or role models, create an environment which lifts our spirits and build our own support network or hire a coach. ..."
"...‘If you are considering working from home I suggest you take on board commitment outside of the house that forces you to interact with people. In my case I volunteer for a women’s network and organise breakfast events for entrepreneurs, where I work with another lady and seek speakers, decide topics advertise the venue etc. There is a double gain there, I get to meet other entrepreneur and to be exposed to topics I have a keen interest in.’ ..."
"...worked with a coach who successfully helped me to make the transition from working for corporate companies to starting my own business. His talents and expertise were just what I needed to transform my skills. His coaching and programs helped me to gain confidence to go out to start networking, presenting myself in a successful way and get more visibility. I am reaping the benefits of my hard work, perseverance and selecting the right coach!’ ..."
"...model at the beginning of this section. Others work specifically with people to guide them through one or more of the various elements of career development: learning more about yourself, conducting career assessments, understanding the labour market, making choices, setting career goals, writing CVs and cover letters, learning networking and interviewing skills, negotiating a salary and other aspects of career development and work search. Some consultants are also trained coaches or certified psychologists. ..."

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