Network to success
Find a job through social networking : use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and more to advance your career
Diane Crompton And Ellen Sautter.
Indianapolis, IN : JIST Works, c2011.
This book helps individuals maximize online networking for job search and career success by showing them where, how, and why they can benefit from making professional connections online.
Confident networking for career success
Gael Lindenfield & Stuart Lindenfield.
London : Piatkus, 2010.
From self-help experts, quick-fix solutions for common problems and guidelines for both introverts and extroverts   Good networking is vital in today's work world. This practical and accessible self-help book will enable career-minded readers to build confidence and develop the essential personal and psychological qualities and skills needed in order to acquire contacts, enjoy beneficial relationships, and develop a successful and exciting career. Packed with information, advice, and anecdotes, this guide offers help in overcoming shyness, anxiety, and low self-esteem as well as advice on developing communication, emotional management, organizational, relationship, and electronic skills. This collection contains tips and tools that will help anyone easily generate new contacts and enjoy the working life they want.
Network your way to success : the secrets of successful business relationships
John Timperley.
London : Piatkus, 2010.
A simple easy-to-follow program which reveals the secrets of the world's top networkers and shows how to maximize opportunities for personal and professional success.

Whether you are choosing a new career, searching for a job, advancing your career, or building a business networking can help you achieve your goal. Networking is based on mutual relationships that you can turn to when you need support and others can turn to you when they need it.

Opportunities to network can take place anywhere. You can have one-to-one quality time with family, friends, and co-workers to discuss your needs. Professional associations often sponsor network events like conventions and conferences. You can learn about other companies at job fairs and check the local newspapers for meetings scheduled in your area.

Be the first one to arrive and the last to leave when attending a network event. It can give you time to network with the people hosting the even, along with those you meet during it. When you approach someone be the first to introduce yourself with your name and offer a handshake.

U.S. Dept. of Labor studies have shown that 63% found jobs through networking.

US Department of Labor

You want to be noticed and remembered. When you are asked, “what do you do?” make it interesting. Let others know what you do best, not just your title. Then tell them how you have succeeded in your talents.

Always carry your business cards and a small notebook and pen with you. Before handing out your card ask the other person for theirs. Keep track of those you meet and jot down interesting points of your conversation. Follow up with a phone call, email or letter with your new contacts that could lead to successful networking relationships.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff