Connections are Powerful; Begin Networking Now

by John McKnight

We all know how much we can do as a team; this is perhaps one of the greatest lessons we all learn as members of the US Armed Forces. Team work does not end when we step out of uniform, and it in fact becomes even more important. What does your network look like and how adept are you at building business relationships?

Start by building your Linked In profile and of course keep a professional look about your social media footprint; employers will look at the way you present yourself to the world. Next, join professional organizations in your field of interest and get to know people in your field. Write them, let them know you are interested in exploring opportunities in their field, and ask to meet with them over coffee if the opportunity avails itself. Many jobs and opportunities come from relationships rather than job boards. Make personal contacts now.