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Tips From Build Your Dream Network: The Give When You’re Just Starting Your Career

By April 10, 2018January 21st, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Build Your Dream Network reader question:

Because I am pretty early on in my career, I feel when I network it’s more of me trying make connections that will yield in leadership opportunities for me- as if it is all “me me me” and I’m trying to get something out of someone. However I don’t feel I have much to offer people that are at a more senior level, the exchange doesn’t feel mutual.

I was wondering what your thoughts are on this and how I can overcome this feeling to be a pro networker.

This is a question I’m frequently asked. So if the voice in your head is jumping up and down screaming “me too me too” know you are not alone in pondering this very question. My quick answer (as yes, there is so much more contained in my book):

Being considerate (as in what you ask for), respectful(as in recognizing the time of someone else) and showing gratitude (as in sending a follow-up note) are the best networking gives someone in a junior position can provide to someone more senior.

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at www.buildyourdreamnetwork.com