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$100,000+ Career

The New Approach to Networking for Executive Job Change

$100,000+ Career by John Davies
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The $100,000+ Career unlocks the power of networking to help build your executive career and land the job you want. It's not enough to find an executive job-this guide will show you how to land a job you love and are well-compensated for.

By following Davies's method, you'll discover which industry, job type, location, company size, salary and other factors are right for you. And the best part about it is that you'll have other people helping you land that dream job, and advancing your career.

The $100,000+ Career is more than just a job search technique-it is a brand new way to build your career at the top of the ladder.

John Davies's "Law of 100" system is easy, effective and proven. This innovative new system helps you:

o Invest others in your job search
o Create strong networks using "weak" connections
o Effectively ask for introductions
o Accelerate your search with new technology
o Land not just any job, but the perfect fit

Sourcebooks, Inc.; January 2007
258 pages; ISBN 9781402214820
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Title: $100,000+ Career
Author: John Davies
How to Build a Relationship through Networking

Excerpted from The $100,000+ Career by John Davies © 2006

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
—Albert Einstein

BETWEEN THE FIRST TIME YOU meet someone (the Level Two contact) and when you interact one-to-one (a Level Four meeting), you need to start the process of building a relationship. This is Level Three networking, which is all about “moving the ball forward” between Level Two and Level Four. This includes both contacting people and communicating who you are. The rest of this chapter focuses on the etiquette of the follow-up email or conversation. Even more important than how you communicate (which is covered in this chapter) is what you communicate.

Following Up after a First Meeting
Once you’ve made contact with someone, you’ll want to follow up with them, and that’s what Level Three networking is all about. While exchanging business cards and having a quick chat may last ten or fifteen minutes in another person’s mind, starting a dialogue through a phone call or email will have a lasting effect from twenty-four to forty-eight hours. This is the beginning of your deeper networking process.

Whether you’re contacting an old friend or following up with someone you met at yesterday’s networking event, you should follow some basic rules of etiquette when writing an email or making a phone call. You want the recipient to understand quickly who you are, why you are writing, and why they should be interested in reading your email.

A Short Guide to Email Etiquette
Your writing should be clear, simple (without being simplistic), and human. There are hundreds of books and websites devoted to writing business letters that provide numerous tips and templates. The following notes are just a few things to keep in mind when writing or calling someone.

Find a Style That Works for You
Be creative, positive, and genuine. Avoid anything canned or trite. Your honesty and sincerity will come through. The best emails have a conversational tone. One of the first things new sales associates learn is that people buy from people. Don’t write like you’re
some kind of detached telemarketer reading a script. Be engaging and show your personality.

Be Clear
Keep your writing short, factual, and to the point. Don’t write more than one page in length, unless there is some compelling reason to make it longer. Put yourself in the reader’s shoes—you have some information or questions for them. Being polite means getting those things out of the way as quickly as possible.

We are all very busy, and our time is precious. Studies show that busy people do not like to read beyond the first few paragraphs. If your email is too long, there is a good chance it will be dumped in a “read later” folder, which often ends up never getting read.

Think of the window that opens for the email when you’re writing. Most people will scan what’s above the fold (the first paragraph or two), so you need to make your point quickly if you expect them to read the rest of your email. Remember, you’re making contact, not telling your life story.

Throughout your email, use short sentences and don’t let paragraphs exceed three or four sentences. This should help it flow smoothly and it also makes you stick to the point.

Keep It Simple
Simple means “words of one syllable,” as my friend Scott Zahn likes to say. Plain English is clear English. It is simple and direct but not simplistic or patronizing. Using plain English doesn’t mean your email is dull—it just means that it’s easy to understand.

Use active verbs instead of passive verbs. For example, write “I created…” instead of “I was responsible for the creation of…” This makes your writing clearer, more powerful, and more precise. Once you write your email (or any document), go back and reread it. And while you’re reading, pick up a copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. This
book is so useful it should be issued to everyone when they get their driver’s license.

Getting Attention
Use the subject line like a headline. Do not write a one-word subject line like “Hi” or the recipient might think your email is spam. Try something like “Follow-up from networking meeting.”

Write a clear and strong opening to your email. Your first goal is to gain your reader’s attention. It’s an important principle of effective writing to put the most important information first. Your opening paragraph is both the headline and the lead for the message that follows in the rest of the letter.

Be sure your opening paragraph sets the right tone for your email. Be direct and use your words positively so your reader has a good impression from the beginning. Decide what the most important information is—and put it in your first paragraph. Don’t be afraid to start your letter strongly.

Call to Action
If the average business communication starts poorly, then it invariably finishes poorly. In the last paragraph, make sure the reader knows what needs to happen next. Ask for the appointment or whatever else drove you to write the email.

Check Spelling and Grammar
This should be common sense, but it still needs to be stressed. Sending a letter with obvious misspellings and grammatical mistakes looks sloppy and unprofessional. If you do this, the recipient can’t really be blamed for seeing this as an indication of how you do other things.

Don’t Overthink It
Yes, there are a lot of books about how to write letters, how to communicate effectively, etc. Just remember that your email has a specific purpose—whether it’s to thank someone, provide some information, or set up a meeting. Be direct and clear and
you’ll be successful.

The email follow-up is an important step to go from an initial contact with someone to the start of building a relationship. When you’re first sending an email to someone, you should be prepared to attach a biography to give them a better idea of who you are and what you’ve accomplished. Think of your biography as an advertisement for you. Many people think of a resume as a promotional tool. But a resume is too formal. It is structured by buckets of time rather than by strengths and accomplishments. A resume looks backwards at your career. A biography, on the other hand, can paint a forward-looking picture of what you will accomplish in your next leadership role.

The next chapter will provide you with some ideas about how to write your biography and even more important, how to create your personal brand! While the email follow-up is the mechanism to move from first meeting someone to getting together for a deeper discussion, the biography will provide the content for that discussion. It will help the other person understand why you should both get together and how you might help each other.

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