Have you had a chance to read Certified Career Coach, Hallie Crawford’s latest article in US News? It’s called, 3 Ways to Be Helpful to Your Network.
It’s no secret that networking is a great way to remain successful in your career. It’s the best way to find a job, stay on top of trends in your industry, get advice on your career goals and performance and leverage resources in your given field. We work on perfecting ways to contact new people and figuring out how to maintain a relationship with them to potentially ask for advice, mentoring, a job opening or information.
But too many times we focus on what we can receive from our network connections and not what we can bring to the table to contribute and be a resource for others as well. Just like anything else, the golden rule applies here too: treat others as you want to be treated. If you want to find great resources in your network, be a great resource for them as well. Even if you feel like you don’t have anything to offer others in terms of career assistance, there are things you can do to help others you may not have thought of! Learning to be a great resource in any way you can will make others more likely to connect with you and keep in touch. Here are three things to keep in mind to be a great resource.