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What is the best way to build a strong network when crossing over from another field?

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Ivonne Castillo Fuquay Varina, NC

I would love to be around people that can fill me with knowledge and be available to tell me what I am doing wrong when pertaining to the approach to this new career.

5 December 2019 10 replies Networking

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Advisor

Will Lukang Wyckoff, NJ

Linkedin is a good platform to connect with people who work on the different field that you're interested in. Once you're on, you can send a message and ask for opportunity to connect and learn more about the industry. I also suggest joining a local Toastmasters, because that allow you to do two thinking, meet new people and practice your presentation skills which can come in handy.

Thank you for your service. Have a good day!

Advisor

Gene Nokes Dublin, CA

Ivonne,
I understand your desire completely. A job search is hard to do alone. Building a core team to advise you is a good idea. I suggest you join a job search group at a local church or One Stop Career Center in the area where you want to live. You can meet and discuss your job search issues openly in a safe environment. Toastmasters is also a great place to meet people well connected and willing to help others. It will be hard for anyone to provide advice if you are not clear about your career choice and why. A church group in Danville, CA at St. Isadore Networking Group (SING) developed a one page marketing plan to help job seekers articulate their strategy, so others in the group could help them out, see https://www.f6s.com/st.isidorenetworkinggroupsing

Advisor

Douglas Lavelle Chatham, NJ

Thank you for your service. All of the previous responses are very good. I would suggest to create or enhance your LinkedIn Profile. That platform can be used for systematic networking and collaboration. Many times your existing contacts have diverse backgrounds and connections. It can be quite powerful when all of those forces intersect. Please let me know if you need any help with LinkedIn.

Veteran

Ben Shaw Charlottesville, VA

Also, try looking for commonalities between your current field and a future one, use those to bridge into networking in that new field. Our differently, you are really interested in Field A field but are coming from Field B. Find areas where A and B overlap to appropriately shoehorn into networking in Field B. Then follow the thread.

Advisor

Marvin Reid

I would search for business networking events online. I live in England and I started attending a business networking breakfast club. Before you finish your studies you could get all the students that studies the same kinda subjects to join a furture networking group as I'm sure you won't be the only one feeling this way. You can all make connections and share them with each other.then you can go to university's and contact students of similar educational backgrounds and career goals with the intent on them joining your networking group ; that may be a bit time consuming for you trying to get a networking group together but it would be beneficial. Then you can also reach out to people who have a career in the same feild you are looking to work in. I'm sure you would like to start your new career as soon as possible so I assume you will be applying for jobs and possibly interns so it depends on how soon you want to start earning those dollars.having a strong network before you start in that field will give you an advantage and having your own networking group is a is a good path for you to continue being a great leader .

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Robert C Lawrenceville, GA

Ivonne: Hands down the best way to build a network is to search out the professional associations that may govern your chosen career field. Such associations have thousands of people with similar interests to yours. Such people will fall all over themselves to input their knowledge into a newbie who wants to learn. Industry associations also provide all sorts of grants and scholarships for those who want to learn. A newbie to an association who shows a general interest in the career field and has a pleasant demeanor will certainly walk out of the initial meeting with lots of business cards from those looking to hire. Don't forget that they need you. Walk in excited at all the opportunities that will present themselves.

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Bob Molluro Wilmington, DE

. If you already have a position and want to learn a fool proof way to get promoted watch this.
https://www.ted.com/talks/carla_harris_how_to_find_the_person_who_can_help_you_get_ahead_at_work
This is a thirteen- minute presentation on some of the best guidance you will ever receive. It explains the differences between a Mentor and a Sponsor and why you need both. It explains how to select a Sponsor and get them to support you for a higher-level position. I wish I followed this information about forty years ago. Watch it once and if you are exited about the possibilities, watch it again and build your plan on how you will implement what you have learned. Feel free to share it with people you care about and have a need to know.

Advisor

Bob Molluro Wilmington, DE

. If you already have a position and want to learn a fool proof way to get promoted watch this.
https://www.ted.com/talks/carla_harris_how_to_find_the_person_who_can_help_you_get_ahead_at_work
This is a thirteen- minute presentation on some of the best guidance you will ever receive. It explains the differences between a Mentor and a Sponsor and why you need both. It explains how to select a Sponsor and get them to support you for a higher-level position. I wish I followed this information about forty years ago. Watch it once and if you are exited about the possibilities, watch it again and build your plan on how you will implement what you have learned. Feel free to share it with people you care about and have a need to know.

Advisor

Henry ("Dr. Hank") Stevens Fort Lauderdale, FL

"Informational interviews" are a great way to learn and network. Identify a senior leader or two in the in the field of your desire, and ask for an informational interview. I have found many executives to be quite generous with their time.

Advisor

Ed Jasper Pittsboro, NC

Ivonne,
Great Question!
When changing careers or field, there are a few areas I would try to focus on.
First, build your network in the the new field. Are there organizations you can join that are in the field you want to move into? If so, seek them out, and become an active member. Attend the events, training, and social outings if they have them. Making contacts and expanding your network is the key.

Second, Do you have the right professional certifications to work in the new field? If not, which ones can you pursue to make yourself more employable in the new field.

Finally, Is your resume appropriately crafted to show the skills you need for the new field? If you are not sure, get someone to help you review it and hopefully that is someone that works in that field. There are many advisers on ACP that are willing and able to do that with you.

Good luck on your journey - Ed

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