Personal Career Management Birmingham: How to Network

Enjoyed presenting on “How to Network” at the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre on 9th February. The event was attended by both business people and those wanting to develop their networking skills for their own career development or indeed their job search.

WBSC is a joint partnership between the University of Wolverhampton, Business Link West Midlands, City of Wolverhampton College and Wolverhampton City Council and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce providing business advice to new and existing businesses.

We discussed the importance of relationship building as opposed to selling for effective networking as well as sharing our general fears and concerns about the topic. Numerous tips and techniques were suggested – for example being helpful and generous, being enthusiastic, being interested in others and we also developed some ideas on questioning and listening skills. We then got the opportunity to practice our 30 second elevator pitch – which whilst good fun, was quite challenging in itself and illustrated the importance of demonstrating to others how you can really add value.

Developing effective networking skills is one of the key elements of our career coaching programmes either as part of job search strategy or starting up your own business.

If you’d like help to discuss your own career we can help you with anything from CV writing, career change advice, career planning or redundancy support.

About The Author

Corinne Mills

Corinne Mills is the Joint Managing Director of Personal Career Management, she is a career coach, trained in workplace counselling and NLP with 15 years career management experience. Corinne is a Fellow of the CIPD and ex Chair for the CIPD Chiltern Branch. Her background is as a Senior HR Manager with a MA in Human Resources (MCIPD), Corinne is the author of the UK's no 1 best-selling CV book "You're Hired! How to write a brilliant CV" and 'Career Coach'.

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