3 Tips for Building a Healthy Network

11 04 2019

By René Siegel, CEO, Connext

Hello Everyone! I asked René Siegel, a long-time supporter of the KIT List who hires consultants for high tech clients, to share her best tips on job networking. René has also generously shared her time, wisdom and wit at a KIT List event on a panel of hiring experts. Read on and try these out!
– Sue

Building your personal network sounds as simple as finding people you like or with whom you have something in common. We think of them as our posse, our community, our peeps. Perhaps people who inspire us.

But here’s what people don’t tell you about networking. Your circle can also be a cage. You can surround yourself with the same people, for years and years, without making sure they’re the right people for you, right now.

Smiling group.jpgHere are three tips for building a healthy network:

1. More is not better.
You may assume the more connections and opportunities you have the better. I have thousands of connections but only a few dozen are truly my dearest colleagues, the ones I rely on to inspire me and always have my back. It’s like weeding your garden. You need to keep pulling the weeds or they will overtake and ruin your garden. Working with people you already trust increases your chances of success and reduces headaches. You don’t have to delete them, but, you can say no (no, thank you) to bad business and bad people as you carefully build your brand.

2. Take me or leave me.
Many people only come around when they want something from you—like the ever popular “Can I pick your brain?” request. Be selective with whom you share your expertise. Sometimes it can lead to a lucrative opportunity, but mostly you’re just adding coins to the karma bucket and that’s okay, too. Delete those who drain your mojo. And if you’re going to be generous with your time and expertise, don’t be afraid to ask for something in return like a referral or recommendation.

3. The more diverse, the better.
No matter the stage of your career, you need to proactively meet people who are different than you. Different ages, different industries, different expertise, different backgrounds. After a 20-year career working with lots of 20-year veteran colleagues, I started speaking to university classes. That led to a part-time teaching role that re-energized my business model! You’ll be far more marketable if you’re surrounded by diverse people who challenge what you know with their ideas and experience.

Everyone in your circle might not be in your corner. It’s your responsibility to attract the right people and repel the wrong ones. Be picky about the people you invest your time with and go the extra mile for.

There are bad clients and crazy bosses who may want to take advantage of you. People can suck the life out of you—if you let them.

You should be picky about the people you invest your time with and go the extra mile for. Not everyone deserves that from you.

 

 About the Author

Rene Shimada Siegel at SRK Headshot Day
René Shimada Siegel is extremely passionate about empowering colleagues and advocating for the next generation of communicators. She is the CEO of Connext, Silicon Valley’s marketing and communications consultancy. For two decades, her company has made life easier for hundreds of technology clients with specialized contractors ranging from recent grads to senior strategists. Current clients include Adobe, LinkedIn, Google, and Salesforce. René also passes on her real-world experience to students as an adjunct public relations professor at San Jose State University.

As an entrepreneur, René’s been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Working Mother, Newsweek Japan, CNBC, and Dan Pink’s Free Agent Nation, among others. She’s also been a regular columnist for Inc.com and a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, career strategies, and personal branding.

Anyone interested in learning more about Connext can reach René at rene@connextme.com.

 





Join us for the “FriendWorking” Networking Event on 8/15

11 08 2018

Hello Everyone,

I am speaking at an event next week on how to network in a more personal and authentic way, with the idea of helping others first. I call the idea “FriendWorking” since it taps into the magic of friends helping friends.

Though I’ve hosted KIT List FriendWorking events over the years, I’m actually the guest speaker for this event hosted by the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP).

Now that that the ASAP has already invited their members —  I can now invite our KIT List people! But there is a limit of 40 spots, so the event will close soon.

hands-2847508__480This is also open to anyone who would like to network in a much more effective and enjoyable way!

Join us for this special evening of FriendWorking to grow and deepen your network by connecting in more meaningful ways. 
I will be teaching the same techniques that I share at the KIT List events — and have everyone mix and meet through some fun and very informative exercises!

Grow Your Network Under the Summer Sun (“FriendWorking” Event)

Wednesday, 8/15
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Workspan
950 Tower Lane, Suite 1975
Foster City, CA

Please register here by 8/14

NOTE: There is a $30 charge for this event since it is hosted by the Association of Strategic Alliance Partners, and it is not a KIT List event.

Just remember, a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet! It’s worth it to make the effort to get out and meet new people and see what magic unfolds…

I hope to see you there!

Sue





Holidays are GREAT for Job Networking! Learn from a LinkedIn Expert on 12/11

5 12 2017

Hi Everyone,

Many articles have just come out saying that January is one of the biggest hiring times of the year!

How do you kick off your new year with your dream job?

It might just be through a friend or new acquaintance you see at event during the Christmas and holiday season!

Learn from LinkedIn expert, Oscar Garcia (who was also on our expert panel at a KIT List a few months ago) and get some smart ideas and discover ways to have the holiday festivities give a special boost to your job search!

‘Tis the Season for Networking

Monday, December 11th

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Northside Branch

Space is tight so you must register for this free event to reserve a spot:

https://www.aspirabiz.com/events/2017/12/11/northside-tis-the-season-for-networking-adults-only

Note: Arrive early so you can get a seat since many events at the Library are standing room only. Don’t arrive late since they close the doors at the start of the talk.  

Many companies take breaks over the holidays, but this does not mean that you need to take a break from your work and career. Festive parties and business networking events are abundant during the holidays and you need to take advantage of these opportunities.

Learn from networking pro, Oscar Garcia, who worked at LinkedIn prior to starting his own business, Aspira, how to revive your network, catch up with colleagues, and activate your network for your next job opportunity or promotion.

This is the perfect time to think about the New Year and possibly your new career.

Give YOURSELF a present during this holidays and get a job you love!

Don’t forget, too, the importance of the spirit of paying it forward. So, when you interact with friends and new people you meet, be sure to look out for ways you can help THEM! That creates the real magic!

Warmly,

Sue





Learn How to Create an Effective Video Resume on 10/2, in Santa Clara

30 09 2017

Hi everyone,

I want to share another great free event to help you learn how to master video resumes!

I love what Cheryl Lee, branch Manager of the Santa Clara Library does for job seekers and for the community. In fact, she hosted our KIT List expert recruiter panel a few months ago.

Don’t miss this free event — and get the edge for your job search!

Video resumes are allowing hiring managers and recruiters to select the right candidates.

Warmly,

Sue

Learn How to Make Your own Video Resume

Monday, October 2

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Northside Branch Library in Santa Clara

The event is free, but space is limited, so be sure to register!

Register now at: https://nsvideocareer.eventbrite.com





Global Career Summit and Job Fair this Saturday in San Francisco

28 09 2017

Hello everyone,

I’m sharing word about a free Career Summit that is hosted by my friend, Nyna Caputi, the founder of The Expat Woman. This event is open to everyone!

Global Career Summit

Saturday, Sept. 30th

At Galvanize, San Francisco

– A FREE Career Fair with some of the hottest companies in the Silicon Valley. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect and hear from executives working at some of the leading tech companies including Microsoft, Facebook, AirBnB, Twitter, Netflix, Paypal, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Yelp and many more at the event.

– A conference with TED-style talks and panel discussions with 40+ speakers

– A Hackathon creating amazing solutions to career challenges (there is a charge, but use the discount code below).

Use this promo code GCSVIPSPL to get 20% off on your tickets. Note: The Career Fair is FREE.

https://goo.gl/uniKoE





Structured Networking Meetup for Marketers ‪on 9/20‬ Hosted by Bay Area Content Marketers

12 09 2017

Hi Everyone,

A longtime friend of mine, Rosemary Brisco, is one of the hosts and a co-moderator with Rich Schwerin (from VMware) for a great networking event coming up on 9/20. The cost is just $5 to help offset the cost of food. 

This is event is structured so you can mix well with the others and to help each other meet, connect and help each other find great jobs. 

Structured Networking Meetup for Marketers on 9/20

Looking for a job, looking to hire a marketer, or looking to find business partners? Come to a structured networking event for marketers, hosted by the Bay Area Content Marketing Meetup. Rosemary Brisco (ToTheWeb) and Rich Schwerin (VMware) will serve as the event's facilitators.
 
September 20, 2017, 
6:30 to 8:00 PM
155 Bovet Road
San Mateo, CA
Cost: $5, which includes food

Please RSVP via MeetUp:
https://www.meetup.com/preview/Bay-Area-Content-Marketing/events/242621991?_cookie-check=Cygp-2ShzC_0-cQ3

When looking for a job, one of the best things to do is to get OUT and meet new people — and to help each other find the job you'll love!

Warmly, 

Sue 





Come to our “Ask the Recruiter” Expert Panel Event on 7/25!

12 07 2017

Hi Everyone,

Have you ever had a question that you were just dying to ask an employer or recruiter about the hiring process, how to land the right job, or how to get a promotion? 


Now, you’ll have a chance to hear directly from the hiring experts their smartest tips, the mistakes to avoid, and the inside scoop from the employer/recruiter standpoint!

The KIT List is hosting this free event, and I will moderate a panel of five experts from some of the Silicon Valley’s top recruitment firms for permanent, temp-to-perm and contract placements. We’ll have a combination of prepared questions and Q&A from the audience. 

Our panel will share their expert advice from working with companies including Facebook, Apple, LinkedIn, Nike, HP, Cisco, Microsoft, VMWare, Intuit, NetApp, Adobe, Stanford Health Care, Bank of the West, Wells Fargo, Kaiser, Blue Shield, Safeway, Varian Medical Systems, Brocade, and Gigamon, to name a few.

Join us at the beautiful Northside Branch of the Santa Clara Library in their large events room.

There is a space limit of 100 so please register for this free event, and be sure to arrive early to get a seat since this will be standing room only (if you can’t get in, then join us for the free mixer afterward). 

Tuesday, 7/25
7:00 – 8:30 PM  

Northside Branch Library
695 Moreland Way
Santa Clara CA 

There is no charge, but please register and arrive early: https://nskitlistpanel.eventbrite.com


Post-Event Mixer:
8:30 – 9:30 PM at 
Yan Can Asian Bistro (Across the street from the Library) 
The mixer is free; just pay for your own food and drinks. Some of the panelists will join us as well. 

This is a special opportunity to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask — and to get beyond the basics!

You are welcome to share this invitation with friends and colleagues, too. 

We hope to see you there!

Sue and Kelly Connelly 
(Yep, we’re sisters!) 
Your KIT List Team