85% of jobs are filled through networking. Knowing that, how much time have you spent agonizing over your resume and applying to jobs online vs. investing in networking and having targeted conversations?
Let it be said – it’s more important than ever to build and use your network to land jobs at top companies and to fuel your career growth. However, whenever I talk with clients of mine, they often don’t know where to start when it comes to who they can contact. I get it, the thought of networking alone can be overwhelming and intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be that way! All it takes is a mindset shift – to think of networking as simply:
- Building relationships
- Getting to know others with genuine curiosity
- Making connections based on commonalities and shared experiences
So, what’s the first step to getting started? Enter – the Networking Target List.
This worksheet will allow you to brainstorm and get clear on the people you know in each sphere of your life (whether it be personal, academic, affiliations or organizations, and current or past jobs). It will charter your path forward on who you can prioritize connecting with based on your current career goals. Hit download, print it out, and start brainstorming. What are you waiting for?
Kelly Nash is a Chicago-based writer, career coach, speaker and founder of Lipstick & Ink®. She also works full-time in technology as a Success Manager at Salesforce and has over 10 years of digital marketing experience. Kelly has been featured in Thrive Global, Chicago Tribune, International Association of Women, General Assembly, Salesforce, and SheFactor. She’s fueled by black coffee, sunshine, a good ink pen, and a bold lip.