Studies show that if you are not in an active job search, you are less likely to engage people in your professional network. That’s a huge mistake. Staying top-of-mind with your professional network is super important, especially when you are not actively seeking employment. Let me explain.
A popular movie trivia party game of the 1990s was based on the premise that any actor can be linked to Kevin Bacon in six steps or less. The actor’s “Bacon Number” showed the number of degrees of separation between the actor and Kevin Bacon.
The party game demonstrated the idea that any person on Earth could meet anyone in the world with six or fewer steps between them and another person. The social science behind six degrees of separation dates back to the 1960s. The idea that a friend-of-a-friend, six-link chain could connect any two people on the planet is intriguing.
LinkedIn is built on the idea of person-to-person connectivity to help people find employment. But, if you are like me, you have numerous connections on LinkedIn that you don’t know personally.
How do you filter out your close connections from the massive number of LinkedIn connections to the people you actually know, like, and trust? Do you have a plan to reach out to these close contacts on a regular basis to build strong business relationships?”
As a certified career coach and networking strategist, I can help you build, optimize, and manage your professional network. By proactively messaging close contacts regularly, you will not fall prey to the pandemonium associated with job loss in this crazy economy. If the unexpected layoff does happen, you will have numerous people who are happy to serve as your champions and introduce you to a friend-of-a-friend who may know of a job opportunity that is perfectly suited for you.
My friend Michele Saunders, a mindset and transition coach at Thrive365, leads a Clubhouse room
"6 Degrees of Separation" Mondays at 11:30 AM Eastern. I'll be joining the discussion as a
co-moderator along with other members of the Thought Leadership Branding Club.
We hope you will join us for a casual conversation about connections and professional relationship building. If you are not on the app and need an invitation to join Clubhouse, please send me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are already on Clubhouse, look for the club "6 Degrees of Separation" then click on the green icon that looks like a house to follow Michele's club.
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Austin Farmer, graphic artist, is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design where he majored in Industrial Design and minored in Architecture. Austin creates marketing materials for businesses and uses his artistic and musical talents to enhance the worship service at Compassion Church. He also draws exquisite portraits! Austin's favorite Scripture passage is Isaiah 12:2.