Build Your Dream Network

Build Your Dream Network

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Do you cringe when you hear the word “networking” even though you know you need to do it? If you think networking is just schmoozing at cocktail parties and other cringe-worthy social interactions, then fear no more! Kelly Hoey, author of Build Your Dream Network, is here to reframe the essential skill of networking for the social media age. Each week Kelly addresses the frustrations and challenges of networking, answers your pressing questions about how to network “the right way”, and shares creative strategies for building meaningful connections, whatever your career or business goals.


Ghosting And Being Ghosted During A Job Search
Sep 8 • 7 min
A whopping 93 percent of respondents to a recent LinkedIn poll said they had by ghosted by a potential employer during the interview process. Ghosting—the phenomenon of dropping all communication without any warning or reason—is also now being exhibited…
Don’t Use Your Network Like A Web Browser
Sep 1 • 7 min
Does the way you ask questions of your network mirror the way you search the internet? In this episode, Kelly shows how your career networking aspirations can run afoul when your treat your network like a Google search and why you need to do more than…
Do You Hate To Ask For Help?
Aug 25 • 7 min
If you hesitate to ask your network for help, you’re not alone. This reluctance can stem from feeling we don’t deserve assistance or fearing we’ll get rejected. Or often we simply don’t want to inconvenience the other person with our request. In this…
Stop Asking To “Grab A Coffee” to Land a Job Interview
Aug 18 • 8 min
If you think reaching out to request a meeting over coffee will result in a job interview, think again. This job search advice is definitely out of date (and frankly was never considerate networking guidance to begin with). In this episode, Kelly outlines…
Closing The Networking Gap
Aug 11 • 8 min
The networking gap—the advantage some people have over others based on who they know or the resources they have access to—persists even in our hyper-connected digital networking world. In this episode, Kelly addresses this gap and examines how we can…
How to Network at Online Conferences and Virtual Events
Aug 4 • 9 min
Is it still even possible to network and connect with others at conferences and events, now that they’ve mostly gone online for the time being? The answer is yes, and Kelly’s digital networking strategies in this episode will help you maximize the many…
Think Like A Marketer
Jul 28 • 7 min
Networking can sometimes feel like sales. In this episode, Kelly challenges you to ditch the selling mode for some marketing savvy and approach networking like a strategic marketer instead. By following Kelly’s tips advice on thinking carefully about your…
The Power of Peer Networks
Jul 21 • 6 min
Your most important career network is one you’re likely ignoring: your peers. This week on the podcast, Kelly explains why you should be actively sharing information with your peers and offers with three effective networking challenges for you to support,…
Listener Questions about Networking
Jul 14 • 8 min
In this episode, Kelly answers several listener questions she’s received, including requests for advice from a stay-at-home mom returning to work, a recent undergrad who studied overseas and doesn’t know how to kick-start the job search process back home…
Ditch the Boring Bio
Jul 7 • 12 min
When everyone’s professional bios look the same, does anyone stand out? Following industry norms and expectations when it comes to drafting your bio could be stifling your ability to connect authentically with new clients or audiences. In this episode,…
Maximize Your Potential at Your Own Pace—with Maxie McCoy
Jun 23 • 32 min
Kelly connects with Maxie McCoy for a conversation on how to let go of uncertainty, shed the expectations of others, and stop comparing your career progress to other people’s or to where you think you “should” be by now. Instead, as Kelly and Maxie…
How To Hack A Summer Internship Experience
Jun 16 • 12 min
The summer internship provides valuable career experience for students. So what do you do if your internship is cancelled, either due to the current coronavirus epidemic or something else entirely? In this episode, Kelly provides a framework for how you…
Intentional Career Development—with Sherrell Dorsey
Jun 9 • 22 min
Kelly interviews Sherrell Dorsey, founder of The Plug on topics ranging from how to network in a new community to why slowing down to listen is a good career strategy when you’re starting out. Learn how Sherrell is “fancy frugal” as it relates to her…
How to Deal with Rejection
May 26 • 17 min
Rejection is painful and, unfortunately, a regular part of our professional lives. If we can’t dull the blows, can we at least lessen the sting of being rejected from something? In this episode, Kelly interviews New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly—for…
Planning Your Workforce Re-Entry
May 19 • 19 min
Re-entering the workforce at any point in your career can be a daunting endeavor, whether you were involuntarily laid off or you chose to go out on your own for a while. In this episode, Kelly interviews Marci Weisler, Chief Commercial Officer at Vengo…
Reinventing Your Career
May 12 • 18 min
Factors outside of your control can suddenly topple your career plans. In this episode, Kelly interviews workforce transformation leader Joyce Sullivan, Lee Hecht Harrison’s Operations Director (Northeast Region). Joyce not only guides others who are…
Positioning Yourself For Job Search Success
May 5 • 11 min
Not only are we living longer and choosing to extend our work lives past the traditional age of retirement, but today, many people are also facing an unexpected job search as factors like the COVID-19 crisis have derailed career paths out of the blue. In…
What To Post or Share With Others While Your Career Is On Hold
Apr 28 • 7 min
Wondering what updates to share with your network when you’re looking for career opportunities? Or whether it is OK to put a cancelled internship on your resume that was cancelled due to reasons beyond your control (such as the COVID-19 crisis)? This week…
When To Do The Work For Free
Apr 21 • 13 min
When should you consider giving away your skills and talents for free and when is it a waste of your time? In this episode, Kelly explores requests to “do the work for free” that can pop-up during a career transition or job search and shares real-life…
Ask Your Network For Feedback
Apr 14 • 8 min
Have you ever sought career advice or feedback from your network on your professional strengths? In this episode of the podcast Kelly shares how her own network has inspired her to pursue new, previously unimaginable career paths. Discover why reflecting…
Don’t Pause Your Networking, But Proceed With Care
Apr 7 • 8 min
This episode focuses on both your self-care and the care of your network. We all react to crises differently, and it can be easy to forget others may not be responding exactly as we would (or as we’d like them to). From explaining why someone may be…
Create Virtual Water Cooler Moments
Mar 31 • 11 min
What is a virtual water cooler moment? It’s leveraging digital tools in imaginative ways to simulate IRL interactions with coworkers, colleagues, friends, and other people in your network when you can’t meet with them in real life. In this episode of the…
Just Checking In
Mar 24 • 12 min
This week on the podcast, it’s JCI, or Just Checking In. In these unprecedented times, the best thing we can do to build stronger, long-lasting relationships is to JCI with those around us, as people—and how we make them feel—have always been the…
Rework Your Resume And Other Networking Quick Fixes
Mar 17 • 10 min
In this episode, Kelly provides suggestions to those looking to change jobs or careers on how they can successfully revamp their resumes and show their past or current work experiences are relevant to the new roles they’re applying for. Plus, with the…
How To Reach Out On Social Media
Mar 10 • 9 min
With digital tools and social media, you’re one click away from connecting with just about anyone. However, if you hit send on a poorly worded message to a new contact, your message is also one click away from delete. Kelly’s do’s and don’ts for digital…
Networking Advice for College Students
Mar 3 • 9 min
Kelly is answering listener questions this week on the podcast. In this episode she provides three networking strategies for college grads who are wondering how they should be approaching a job search. And for more great career advice from Kelly and other…
How Do I Find New Clients To Grow My Business?
Feb 25 • 9 min
Kelly is answering listener questions this week on the podcast. In this episode, she offers suggestions for a small business owner / solopreneur who is looking for fresh ways to find and reach new clients—beyond what she’s already doing—in order to grow…
Why You Should Never Ask Someone to “Pick Their Brain”
Feb 18 • 8 min
Here’s a networking bad habit to end right now: sending enthusiastic “you two should know each other” emails or “pick your brain” invitations to meet potential contacts over coffee. Neither networking ask is a career compliment, and they definitely aren’t…
Show Your Network Some Love
Feb 11 • 12 min
Are you showing your network enough love? Building stronger bonds with your existing connections as well as forging new ones means spending time thinking about who you’re reaching out to and what they may need, not just how they can help you. Kelly’s tips…
Making the Most of Conferences and Networking Events
Feb 4 • 9 min
You’ve signed up to attend a conference, and, as the day of the event approaches, you find yourself overcome with dread and regret, creating all sorts of excuses not to attend. Sound familiar? It’s time to lift your networking game out of the common…
The Top 5 In-Demand Soft Skills—And How To Flex Them
Jan 28 • 16 min
To be successful in nearly any role (or in any job search), you need to demonstrate to employers your mastery of soft skills. In this episode, Kelly takes a look at the five most in-demand soft skills (creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability,…
How to Build A New Network—with Jennifer Johnson
Jan 21 • 18 min
Executive recruiter (and a featured interviewee in the Build Your Dream Network book for her savvy network-building insights) Jennifer Johnson joins Kelly on this episode to share her hard-earned wisdom on how to build a career or business network from…
Professional Organizations: Are They Worth Joining?
Jan 14 • 8 min
Joining a professional organization or participating in an industry association’s events may sound like networking drudgery, but it is actually at the heart of career success. Learn how to stop overlooking these vital resources and discover the many ways…
How to Reciprocate a Networking Favor
Jan 7 • 8 min
When someone in your network makes an introduction for you, traditional etiquette says you should do the same thing for them. But when is reciprocating actually required? For every introduction you receive, do you need to make one for them in return? In…
Networking for the New Decade: New Year’s Resolutions Revisited
Dec 31, 2019 • 15 min
The eve of a new year (and new decade) is a great time to reflect and celebrate career milestones, as it can be so easy to overlook smaller but significant wins when you’re laser focused on one big goal. In this episode, Kelly first offers a thoughtful…
Take the 30-Day Networking Challenge!
Dec 24, 2019 • 11 min
A new year means new possibilities to build your relationships. But how do you muster the motivation if you’re dragging from end-of-year indulgences or feeling strapped after all the holiday festivities? Get creative and take Kelly’s 30-Day Networking…
Use Your Network To Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions
Dec 17, 2019 • 11 min
It’s time to kick the habit of making and breaking New Year’s resolutions! Whether your goal is saving more, losing weight, or switching careers, you’ll find it easier (and much more fun) to achieve if you include your network in the process. Kelly’s tips…
Twitter: How to Connect in 280 Characters or Less—with Heidi Moore
Dec 10, 2019 • 43 min
If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s possible to have a meaningful conversation around a complex subject with others on Twitter, here’s your answer: yes. Digital Media Advisor Heidi Moore routinely breaks down complex financial concepts (such as the…
Networking at Holiday Parties
Dec 3, 2019 • 8 min
The holidays are a wonderful time of year to connect with friends, colleagues and family—and you can network joyfully without ever having to send out holiday cards or host a gathering. Check out Kelly’s tips in this episode for making networking fun and…
Networking Etiquette (with Helen Ellis)
Nov 26, 2019 • 13 min
Courtesy appears to have been deleted in the digital age, so I sought the guidance of best-selling author and host of the Southern Lady Code podcast, Helen Ellis to reinterpret rules of etiquette for hyper-digital bad manners. You can listen to Helen’s…
Reputation Killers
Nov 19, 2019 • 7 min
Failing to follow up and follow through are two of the biggest reputation killers out there. With just a little networking know-how, you can ensure your credibility (along with your social capital) stays intact.
Luck, Chance, and Fortune
Nov 12, 2019 • 10 min
Time to stop wishing for a lucky break or chance introduction. It takes some real networking work to unlock good fortune and put your career in front of serendipity.
Where is Your Network?
Nov 5, 2019 • 9 min
Don’t think you have a network? Think again! Your network is bigger than you imagine and larger than your immediate connections.
Interns
Oct 29, 2019 • 9 min
Interships, like majority of jobs, are discovered and filled through networks and personal recommendations. Maximize the potential of these prized oppportunites with a little networking courtesy and know-how.
Leveraging Twitter to Enhance Your Connections (with Elena Rossini)
Oct 22, 2019 • 20 min
Independent filmmaker Elena Rossini has leveraged the social media platform Twitter for business networking. Now she’s moving on to Giphy and Instagram stickers to enhance IRL connections. Her imaginative and perhaps counterintuitive strategies will…
Using Your Network to Jumpstart Your Career
Oct 15, 2019 • 11 min
Vision boards and career plans are great when you know what you want to do with your career. But what if you’re at a crossroads? When you’re befuddled and seeking career direction, turn to your network for ideas.
Networking with Investors
Oct 8, 2019 • 8 min
Seeking funding for your startup or business venture? Contrary to popular networking practice, start forging connections with investors well before you need their money.
Tackling the Informational Interview
Oct 1, 2019 • 11 min
Informational interviews are networking gold when you’re pursuing a career change or searching for a new job. Don’t flub this golden opportunity by taking a casual networking approach when setting up those meetings.
Does Your Network Support Your Ambitions?
Sep 24, 2019 • 10 min
Ideas without a network remain just that - ideas. But with a purposefully constructed network, ideas have the chance to expand and grow. Do you have the network your ideas need to flourish?
What Does Networking Mean, and What Does It Look Like Today?
Sep 17, 2019 • 11 min
Time to shake up your idea of what networking means. If it is not schmoozing at parties and endless coffee dates, then what is networking? Hint: some of your daily routines actually are network building activities.
Introducing Build Your Dream Network
Aug 26, 2019 • 1 min
Need networking and career advice? Frustrated and confused by how to network successfully? Kelly Hoey is here to help. Look out for Build Your Dream Network, a new podcast coming to you on September 17.