We have spent a lot of time on how to network using Linkedin. I am now going to place our focus on old-fashioned networking tips that still work. If you want to start this 30 Day Job Search Challenge from the beginning, then just click here.
I love to use mind maps in every area of my life. It is such a helpful productivity tool when used correctly. The goal in the beginning is to just brainstorm and get everything out in an unorganized fashion. Once the brainstorm session is complete, you can begin to organize the process in a logical way. I want to show you how you can use a mindmap for career networking purposes. While there are many mindmapping software applications out there, my favorite is Mindomo. I have tried just about every mindmapping tool out there, and I keep coming back to Mindomo. Here are some benefits to using this tool:
- You can access you mind map anywhere since it is an online tool.
- It has a clean and easy user interface.
- You can embed documents, videos, and audios
- Easily collaborate with others and much more!
Day 22 – How to Use a Mindmap for Career Networking
As you know, I think networking is still the top way to find your next position. Especially with the explosion of online tools such as twitter, Linkedin and facebook, networking is here to stay. In the days ahead, I will be providing some helpful advice on how to use these sites to locate open positions.
We know between 150-250 people. The experts say that the average person is connected to at least 150-250 people. If you were to hold a “Town Hall Meeting” with all of those people with the purpose of them helping you find a job, do you think you could find a new position quickly? Of course you could. Many of us do not know how to network so we just aimlessly refresh the online job boards hoping to find “the big one.” If you want different results, do something different.
Brainstorm all the major people categories of your life. Start with a blank mind map like shown in the video below, and begin to brainstorm some of the major people categories in your life. If you are familiar with Google Plus, then this step makes since. Each “circle” represents a group of people in your life. Do not add any names at this step. Just think about the different groups of people you interact with on a weekly basis. Here are some examples to get you started:
- Former Employers
- Suppliers & Distributors
- Professional Associations
- Alumni Associations
- Religious Organizations (Your Church)
- Gym Members (if you have a gym membership)
- Service Organizations
You list might be slightly different. The idea is for you to begin to brainstorm the major categories in your life where you run into people. Do not be too judgmental at this point. Those that do career networking in a wrong way only focus on people in their industry. The truth is the local real estate agent might be your ticket to your next CFO job.
Begin filling in names of people that fit each of the categories created above. We are going somewhere with all of this work. It will be a resource that you can begin to use to take action steps in career networking. We will discuss this plan in more detail in the days ahead. For now, just brainstorm in your mindmapping software with each category and jot down any names that come to mind. Once done, you have a whole directory of people that you can begin to reach out to in an organized way.
To better understand how this process works, watch my video explanation:
DO IT NOW Task – Create a Mindmap of names in your Network
As seen in the video above, take a moment a mindmap your network. If you are not detail-oriented, then you may not enjoy this task. However, I promise that if you see this exercise through, a lightbulb will come on. You will think of a few names of people that you should be reaching out to in your job search.
Stay tuned! In the days ahead I am going to give you a proven phone script to make networking a much easier chore!