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Where is the line between networking in private life and networking for your career? Learn something new about building, developing and using contacts. Make networking efficient and fun – for both sides.



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Let´s say you have decided to make a career change and you are currently trying to find out more about the related job market and how you could succeed in it. A lot of information can be found on the internet, but the most precious advice you can usually get is from people who are already working in the desired field.

If they  gave you 15-20 min of their precious time, you might get some useful advice for your next steps and increase your chance in the desired market. But how can you ask someone experienced and busy for something like that?


Previous experience with a similar type of work is an obvious advantage when applying for a job. However, one needs to start somewhere and it can be challenging to enter a new field and get your first jobs in it. Recent graduates, as well as anybody changing careers, find themselves in a challenging vicious-circle situation: no jobs without work experience, no work experience without jobs.

Do you also wonder how to reveal the truth about your lack of experience without losing credibility, and get those first work opportunities?


The typical way to introduce yourself is to say your name and then what your job is: „I work as...“ or „I am... “. There is nothing incorrect about it, yet it does not say much.

The tip to making your introduction more interesting is to insert one more sentence, between your name and the job. The sentence will describe one benefit you bring. This structure is referred to as an elevator pitch. Use this article to prepare yours in such a way that it sounds natural to you and easy to use.


You are considering a career change. You have an idea – or several ideas – for a new career direction. You have googled and read and thought about it, and observed the whole thing from a safe distance.

Now it’s time to test whether you would really like it!

This article offers a few ideas on how to get in touch with the reality of the new career you have been considering, before you make any serious commitments.


Do you sometimes wonder how you can be so different from “typical” representatives of your professional area? Congratulations: that means you have extra leverage in your career. You have at least three ways to use it, all three pretty good.


When hearing the term “networking” in the context of work, many people imagine putting on a suit, going to a networking event and approaching a stranger, to shake hands and exchange business cards.


There are plenty of other possibilities: a lot of networking happens rather informally and spontaneously, which, to most of people, feels more comfortable than the situation described above.


Small talk, professional or private, is meant here as a short conversation with someone you don´t know well. It can have different purposes such as “killing” the time, introducing yourself to someone, getting to know each other, sharing opinions, finding out answers to your questions.

By its nature, small talk involves building some mutual connection that can help both sides to feel more comfortable in the situation.

How do you become better at small talk?


Everybody we get to know, privately or in a work environment, becomes a part of our network, so we are all networking, in a way.

If you ask people around you where they heard about their current job for the first time, most of them  will probably tell you it was from another person. Networking can be a very effective strategy for exchanging experience, advice and useful professional information, as well as finding partners for professional cooperation.

However, some people feel uncomfortable when it comes to active networking, i.e. intentionally developing work contacts. This can have many different reasons. Go through our examples, check whether you recognize yourself in them, and find related advice.


Have you ever been invited to a group event, a party or an official networking opportunity and you sweat with fear when you imagine the foyer and yourself in it? Then the following tricks are for you, because yes, there are efficient ways to reduce that stress.

„Networking means the act of exchanging information with people who can help you professionally.“
„Creating a group of acquaintances and associates and keeping it active through regular communication for mutual benefit. Networking is based on the question ‘How can I help?‘ and not with ‘What can I get? ‘“

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