Unit G Workplace Readiness. 7.02 Demonstrate effective employability skills. Networking. A method of making links through the people you know to the people they know to expand the base of contacts for sharing information. Importance of Networking.
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Demonstrate effective employability skills.
A method of making links through the people you know to the people they know to expand the base of contacts for sharing information.
Attend functions that provide opportunities to meet and connect with other people interested in doing business.
Join clubs and trade associations and attend conferences.
Go to lunch with associates.
Network at church, community functions, and athletic events.
Join networks that are built around activities you enjoy and that will help you achieve your goals. Be willing to give, and you will receive.
Work to improve your conversational skills. Read, listen, and ask questions to learn all you can so that you become a more confident and interesting person with whom others will seek to network.How do you establish and nurture contacts?
Personal barriers. Many people are either uncomfortable reaching out to others or see no value in doing so. This can stem from shyness, selfishness, or an unwillingness to trust others.
Lack of knowledge. Some people do not understand the benefits of networking or do not know how to find a network to join.
Lack of foresight. Some people do not look ahead to the value of what networking may bring them in the future. They do not have time to network today and will not make the time tomorrow.
Lack of work ethic. Some people are satisfied doing just enough to keep a job and do not see the value in putting forth the extra effort to network.What are somenetworking obstacles?
Work to improve their segment of an industry and the success of their members
Often sponsors trade shows
Examples: American Textile Manufacturers, The Fashion Group International, National Retail Federation (NRF), and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CAFDA)Fashion Networks
Trade associations: Nonprofit, voluntary organizations made up of business associates that have common interests.
American Apparel Manufacturers Association
Headquartered in NY of their members
Regional and local chapters around the world
Members must have a record of achievement and executive level success in the fashion industry.
Members include fashion designers, magazine editors, and retail executives.Fashion Networks(cont.)
The Fashion Group: A global, nonprofit association of women executives who represent every segment of the fashion industry.
Documents for use in promoting oneself for employment of their members
A personal data sheet that provides a summary of the skills, abilities, and accomplishments of an individual.
Many resumes are completed online and emailed to potential employers.Resume
A personal business letter that accompanies a resume and introduces a person to the company.
A company-provided form on which the job applicant supplies requested information to be used in making a hiring decision.
A letter written by a former employer or business acquaintance describing an individual’s previous position, duties, job performance, and personal characteristics.
Dress in clothing that would be appropriate to wear to work if you are hired for the job. Executives wear business suits. White-collar workers wear dress clothes. Blue-collar workers sometimes wear dress clothes, but may wear work clothes or uniforms.
Clothes must be neat, clean, and pressed. Shoes must be clean and shined.
Trendy fashions may be appropriate for a job in the fashion industry. Otherwise, avoid extreme fashions, patterns that clash, and excessive jewelry, make-up, and cologne.
Attitude. Employers say a positive attitude separates the winners from the losers. Be alert, enthusiastic, and motivated to work. Look the interviewer straight in the eyes, give an honest smile, and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to say you want the job.
Practice for the interview.
Have a friend or parent practice with you in the interviewing process.
Practice giving a firm businesslike handshake. A handshake should begin as well as end the interview.
Practice answering sample interview questions.
Think of ways to sell yourself.
Remember that projecting your positive attitude is the key.