While we use the term networking often, it's an elusive term that people understand differently. Many wonder how to actually network effectively at events.
The key is to verbalize your interests, needs, or hopes in a way that speaks to people. Once you do, you have a much better chance of getting what you are looking for. Following are some simple strategies that will improve your networking prowess and open up communication.
Over the last 25 years we've heard different names for women's work predicaments : a maternal wall, a sticky floor, the mommy track, a labyrinth and, of course, the glass ceiling. Such monikers attempt to boil down in a neat, bite-size nugget some extraordinarily nuanced social dynamics. Has such language served to help women by uncovering veiled unfairness, or do these labels actually hinder progress?
Once you've built an unshakable foundation at your job, consider how you can maximize your combined skill set. Are there activities that can propel your job further--cementing your positive reputation?
Below are some examples of ways to boost your contribution, categorized into areas where you can leverage either interpersonal or technical skills. Taking on such additional activities, once you are competent in your role, can help to brand you as proactive and solution-oriented. Plus, beyond enhancing your résumé, participating in the activities shown below can also expose you to senior management and departments other than your own.
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