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“Tis better to give, than receive.” This is a common phrase heard in regard to giving a gift or helping someone, but not very often when networking to get a new career. Most people who attempt to network have the same attitude, “What’s in it for me?” However, if you really want to get the most out of networking and all it has to offer, perhaps the first question you should ask is, “What can you do for others?”

Networking is both art and science – mastering it takes a bit of time and effort, but in the long run, it will pay off when trying to find your place in the career field you have chosen.

Visit as a Guest – Not a Salesman

Are you planning on attending a job fair? Visiting a former colleague’s party? Both of these opportunities are the ideal time to create a few new connections.

The last thing you want to do in this situation is try to ‘sell’ yourself. The key here is to introduce yourself and work in a few of your best features to the person or people you meet. Don’t automatically ‘go for the kill’ by immediately asking for a job or inquiring about a job opening. This is uncomfortable for everyone involved.

Give First

Does your sister’s husband work for a high-end firm where you know you would be a great addition to the team? Instead of coming right out and asking him for a connection or recommendation, think about what you can do for them. Do you know someone in the business world that may be beneficial for their needs? Regardless of the end goal, giving first will make someone opening up their network to you much easier.

When you do finally meet someone, be sure to listen. Listening will help you earn their trust. Also, introduce them to others people in your network, who may be vital to overcoming their business challenges. Take some time to email an article you think they may find helpful. Taking the time to notice what they do and then offering valuable information will provide a new network connection, as well as a new relationship.

Make an Effort

Networking is not all about you. It is about others and how you can help them. Eventually it will turn into how they can help you, as well. If you want to gain more people in your network, then making an effort is essential.

Don’t Give Up

Networking takes time. Even if you give and give and give, it does not mean you will see instant returns. You must be consistent and patient. People have to have the opportunity to get to know you and what you offer. This means that you need to ensure you are seen again and again.

If you never follow up, chances are you will be engulfed in the giant black hole of unfulfilled career goals. However, with time, effort and patience you can make the most of any networking you do.

Getting the career you really want can be a challenge. Networking, and the help of Integrity Staffing Professionals, can be invaluable during this process.  Contact us today to learn more!



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Are your employees REALLY giving your company all they’ve got? Do they believe what they are doing is important? Do they feel appreciated? Do they come to work every day with purpose and passion?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no,’ it may be time to reevaluate your work environment. After all, business owners and managers who don’t take care of their employees are missing out on a huge amount of profits and cost savings.

Reward and Recognize Employees

Rewards can be extremely powerful in building loyalty among employees; however, they have to be appropriate for the action or they may create an impression of unfairness or imbalance. Reward employees liberally, either with a simple ‘good job,’ or various freebies. The key is to ensure the reward given matches the deed.

Communicate with Your Employees

When it comes to customer loyalty and engagement, communication is perhaps the single-most important factor. Be sure employees know what the vision and values of the company are, and how success is defined. No employee will ever be productive or perform well if they are unsure of their role in the success of the company. It is important to communicate the expectations for employees, and do so often.

Trust Your Employees

If you want your employees to be loyal, it is essential that you let them know you trust them to do their job. If you are always looking over their shoulder, they are not able to grow and develop in their role. While it may seem like a good idea to micromanage everything, this will eventually lead to animosity and distrust in your subordinates. Rather than doing this, set goals that are actually achievable, ensure that employees have access to resources and skills to get the job done and provide feedback to ensure positive performance.

Create an Environment for Employee Success

It is important to get to know your employees, including their goals and stressors. You need to figure out what gets them excited and how each one defines success. While this does not mean that you need to counsel each of your staff members, it is a good idea to show genuine interest in their overall well-being when it is appropriate. This will help them feel more fulfilled in their position, and better balanced.

The bottom line is that your employees are the greatest asset that your company has. Their ideas, enthusiasm, and feedback can help your business continue to grow and succeed. There are some people who have the natural wiring to give any job their all, but most require guided and skilled managers who encourage ideas and feedback. This leads to increased trusts, engagement and ultimately loyalty.

Ready to learn more? Contact Integrity Staffing Professionals  today. Creating an effective, loyal and engaged workforce starts from within your company.  We can help!