Networking For Success Series [NFS]: Letter from the Editor

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Dear Ivy Exec Members,
I hope you enjoyed and found value in the Advancing On The Job series shared over the past few months. As we enter a new phase of the year, I would like us to switch gears and focus on the theme of networking for success. This is a critical, career-long activity that all professionals must engage in, but many find challenging, whether driven by their personality (shy/introverted), their affinity-level for the activity itself (some just don’t like doing it), or the universal challenge of attaining and keeping the attention of other busy professionals.

While it’s true that hiring tends to slow down during the summer months due to vacations and fiscal year end’s (for some industries), contrary to popular belief for those in a serious job hunt, it is not the time for you to slow down too. In fact, the summer lull in business can be a great time for you to press into your networking activity for two reasons: 1) in this more relaxed time of year, busy professionals may have more time to connect and chat with you; and 2) if yours is not an urgent search, you can focus on laying the groundwork to set yourself up for the traditionally fast-paced fall hiring season with a strong network already in place. With well-researched, targeted, and intentional networking, you could end up as that “just-in-time” hire that an employer may not have known that they needed until they met you.

To this end, I am excited to announce that I will be publishing articles and webinars under the “Networking For Success” (NFS) series banner, from July through to September. Look out for titles ending with the “[NFS]” tag. Some of these articles will also be pinned to the “Must Reads” section of the blog, located on the right-hand side of the homepage for easy access going forward. This article will also serve as a home base/repository to contain the collection of these articles and webinars as they are published over time (scroll down).

I look forward to continuing on this journey with you and supporting your job search, career advancement, and professional development needs through content. If you ever have any suggestions or feedback about the Ivy Exec Insights blog or twice-weekly Insights Newsletter and how they can better serve you, please reach out to me via:

Nii Ato Bentsi-Enchill, MA. Ed.M
Senior Content Manager | Ivy Exec 

Networking for Success Content Series

  • REGISTER for the upcoming webinar (July 18th @ 12pm ET): Next Level Networking: How to Leverage Your Network for the Career That You Want

    • Learn about: The five kinds of people you need in your network; Three actionable strategies to build your job-search network in less time; The best strategy for leveraging the network you already have; and Actions you can take right now to build and leverage your network to hit the ground running this fall.
  • How to Address Ageism Concerns While Networking [NFS]

    • Ageism is a real and valid concern in your job search, but rather than be defensive we can be smart about how to proactively navigate it. Here were explore 3 strategies relating to your perspective, your network, and LinkedIn to help you successfully address ageism concerns while you network.
  • The Top 5 Networking Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague [NFS]

    • While networking is a critical activity for any professional, networking missteps can derail your job search or career advancement efforts. Learn the top 5 mistakes job seekers often make and how to resolve them.

About the Author

Nii Ato is the Senior Content Manager at Ivy Exec, following four years on the front lines providing day-to-day career and resume advice to our members. When not creating or sourcing content to support member-advancement -- he plays left mid-field for Arsenal [in his mind].