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 people in 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 could 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 steps (or less) between them and the other person. The social science behind six degrees of separation dates back to the 1920s. The idea that “a friend-of-a-friend, 6-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.
The question is, “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 Phello Career Networking Expert, I can help you build, optimize, and manage your contacts using SaaS technology. 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.
Differentiate yourself from the sea of candidates flooding the job market due to layoffs. Click below to find out how you can work with Sharla Taylor to harness the power of Phello networking services.
Sharla Taylor is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Certified Career Enlightenment LinkedIn Writer (CCELW), experienced job search strategist, and published author. Sharla is the owner of Written by a Pro, a freelance writing and editing service.
She approaches her business from a Christian perspective. Her favorite Scripture is Matthew 19:26 "with God all things are possible" and this verse is the inspiration for the Mission Possible Career Coaching Program.
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