Thursday, January 6, 2011
While you may be a solo mom, in order to be successful you must have strategic alliances. As mothers we partner with Teachers, Church Leaders, family, friends, Counselors, Doctors, Coaches and etc. Why? Because your vision is to raise stable healthy children. We can’t fulfill that vision without these alliances. This same principal applies to your career. One of the most powerful ways to move your career forward is through Networking.
Networking is the practice of building up or maintaining informal relationships, especially with people whose friendship could bring advantages such as job or business opportunities. Before going full speed ahead into the networking arena, there are some questions you have to take into consideration, namely, what is your vision? Do you want a new job, new business, work/life balance or etc? Having a clearly defined vision is always the starting point and your roadmap for success. Once your vision is cast the idea is to align yourself with individuals and organizations that will increase your credibility, visibility and profitability.
Solo mommies’, a great way to promote your vision is by tapping into resources found in your own current network? Last year this time I found myself in the unfortunate position of unemployment however, before I tapped into my online social network via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace and various blogs. I fully engaged my own personal network of family, friends and colleagues to identify employment. Within two months I interviewed for and secured a wonderful position that feeds my vision and purpose in life. Solo mommies here are a few tips to help you get started with engaging your current network.
Tip #1. Be prepared-You should have a professional resume/cover letter, well written business plan or a personal goals sheet. Being prepared in this way will bring to focus who your alliances are and what your direction should be.
Tip#2. Talk to the people in your network -Tell trusted people about your vision with excitement and enthusiasm. This person will most likely become your spokesperson.
Tip#3. Ask questions- You never know who they know.
Tip#4. Asks them for permission to send them your resume, business plan or contact information- You want your network contacts to be able to forward information to you or on your behalf immediately and conveniently.
Tip#5. Invest in your network- Avail yourself to your network. This is a give and take relationship.
Next month’s column we will delve deeper into blah, blah, blah…….Till then, keep Moving Your Vision Forward. Remember you are unstoppable and passivity is not an option. To get more savvy advice on life and career concerns, email me at email@example.com.