In the last two posts we talked about:
- HOW TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES: ADJUSTING TO CHANGES IN SHORT-TERM GOALS
- HOW TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES: SUREFIRE GOAL SETTING
This week I’m giving you 3 simple steps you can start doing today, that will increase your professional visibility and therefore up your network value.
Step 1: Networking isn’t an event, it’s a lifestyle. Everywhere you go, do your best (when it’ appropriate) to get to know as many people as you can. This needs to come from a genuine curiosity to meet people, and must feel authentic to both you and your new connections. If you meet someone new everywhere you go and get to know him or her, you’ll soon realize that you have become the “connector” who knows everyone.
Step 2: Read at least ONE article on leadership/mentoring/business/latest trends that relate to your field/industry a day. This is one of the reasons Twitter is so great. You can follow all of your favorite news sources and people who write and share great content. Take even just 10 minutes a day to learn the best practices of the top people in your field, and you will soon become an excellent asset when creative problem solving or an ideation think-tank is needed
Step 3: Reach out and ask someone how you can help them. Pick two or three people in positions above you in the company whom you like and admire. Every couple of months see if you can get a phone call or meeting and ask them what they’re working on that you could possibly help with. Oftentimes they are working on projects, or have ideas for future projects, that they want to move forward with but need the right people to do it. By reaching out to ask how you can help, you’re offering that support and letting them know that you wish to be more than an individual contributor to the company. If you do this often enough, and gain the reputation of being successful at new projects you’re assigned to, you might be first in mind when a new job is created that suits your long-term goals. These are opportunities you normally wouldn’t have been pulled for because you’ve never expressed interest in helping above your current roles and responsibilities.